Working for God

I believe one desire that resonates with many Christians can be expressed in the lyrics of the song “if you can use anything Lord you can use me”! Other Christians are just as content with being a simple church attendee — spectators warming up the empty chairs enjoying the beauty of an exceptional choir or the blessings of a classic sermon. Others not only wish to be spectators, but eagerly wish to come off the bench and get in the game. They essentially ask God to place them into whatever position is available. Yet still others know or think they know just what position they should be in and demand of God to be put in that role. They say things like “I am a gifted solo artist and my talents shouldn’t be wasted sweeping up the floors”. My aim at this point is not to fix any amount of blame on any one of these groups or to praise one group over the other. For all I know whether knowingly or unknowingly they are all playing their essential roles in God’s eyes. In a game, not everyone should be on the field at the same time. There ought to be fans who cheer the players on. There ought to be backup players who can fill any role in case a player on the field goes down with an injury. There ought to be players who have an accurate awareness of their potential and demand of the coach to be placed into specific roles. But especially for those groups interested in working for God, one thing to note about the work of God is that it requires a tremendous amount of study. No one becomes a heart surgeon overnight. Likewise, in the work of changing not the physical heart of a person, but the very heart which is the person himself, ought such a job not require a lifelong study? 2 Timothy 2:15 says “study to show thyself approved of God, a workman that neeedeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” A workman. We are to study to show ourselves approved of the Employer who hires us in His work. Not only is study a must, but there are requirements to be met that makes one an eligible workman of God. In various professions, certain exams must be passed and qualifications earned in order to practice that respective profession. Furthermore, in practicing that profession there are rules and regulations to adhere to in order to retain one’s professional license. Similarly in the work of God there are “rules common to the whole house.” In verse 16 we are to “shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness”. In verse 19 — “let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”. In verse 22 — “flee youthful lusts but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace”. It appears that the main requirement God demands of his workmen is that they rid themselves of iniquity. As vessels in the Great House of God, God requires that we be “purged and sanctified” in order to be “meet for the Master’s use, prepared unto every good work”. The work of God is a good work, and nothing is more contrary to a good work than workers who are filled with sin and iniquity. “In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but of wood and earth”. Regardless of the role one plays in church, we must all understand that the point is that not everyone ought to be vessels of gold and silver. Not everyone ought to be in the spotlight. For ultimately the purpose of the work of God is not that we might get glory, but that we should reflect His glory.

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