♠♠♠♠ Service – The Key To Greatness [Part 1] ♠♠♠♠
I knew a man in my teenage years who was the sound man in my local church back then. He was always prompt. Sunday morning, he was in church at least by 7am to set up the sound and get the work going. He is very brilliant but had no job back then. He served all the same. The other day, I saw him on 3rd Mainland Bridge in his saloon car, an helmet on top the back seat. I remember he studied something about engineering.
Another man in the same local church was very dedicated too. He served like his life depended on it. He was also my Sunday school teacher back then, he too, had no job. Before my very eyes, God turned his life around. He got a very good job, got married, got a house and has beautiful kids now.
One of my neighbours while growing up prayed all through the time of knowing him. He will wake up in the middle of the night and since its a government estate, the house were a bit close to each other so that – though you cannot hear what he was saying – you can hear has he groans in prayer. He spent most of his unofficial hours in church. He is retired now, he lost his wife some years back, but all his children are doing great things all around the world. He is well taking care of and when you see him, you can hardly tell he is growing old.
While I was going through the longest challenge in my life (this was the period I rededicated my life to Christ), I saw all these people that I spoke about living in fulfillment here on earth and I regretted not serving God enough. I regretted jumping from one church to the other in search of ‘greener pastures’. I regretted all the times I felt I had wasted which I could have used in serving God. I didn’t know when I subconsciously surrendered myself to God — but this was where the miracle happened.
After I surrendered I had felt like in other times when I came to God only when I needed Him, that I was going to get results immediately but the answers I sought was delayed… a long time. I didn’t get discouraged instead I soaked myself into service some more and at this point, I didn’t care about my own answers anymore. I was content having God. I remember always asking at the end of each day; “Daddy, have I pleased you today?”
My pastor looked at me some years ago and said to me ‘boy, you are dedicated to what you do in the house of God and this will be the key to your greatness’. A lot has changed in those years. I don’t have those regrets anymore and I live a life like the one I have always admired in servant-Christians because God is a redeemer of time. When I lost to him and didn’t care about results… when all I just wanted to do was please Him, that was when I gained everything!
Friends, I intentionally brought my life and the life of these people into focus today to emphasize the fact that God is faithful and service is the key to greatness. His eyes searches the whole earth for those who are seeking Him honestly to show Himself strong on their behalf. I am yet to see a man who diligently served God and lived a life of regret.
Peter indirectly asked Jesus, what will be our gain for leaving everything and following you, Jesus gave him the below answer:
“Mark my words, no one who sacrifices house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children, land—whatever—because of me and the Message will lose out. They’ll get it all back, but multiplied many times in homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and land—but also in troubles. And then the bonus of eternal life!” – Mark 10:29-30
It pays to serve God, there are results for genuine service here on earth and in eternal life. God does not owe any man. Lose to Him that you may win in life!
To be continued…
About Alex Amos
Alex Amos is a Creative Writer and Team Head at Lexyville Entertainment, publishers of SelahAfrik. He is a publicist to Christian personalities including Wole Oni, Wilson Joel, Glowreeyah Braimah, Ada, Chris Shalom and more. Alex is an assistant pastor, serving in Heaven on Earth Ministries.
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