What does God really require most from us as Christians; service or relationship ?. This is a mind searching question which I believe many has never reflected on. But this is an issue of concern for all and sundry in the body of Christ.
In the beginning of creation, God did not create servants or errand boys who will be at his beck and call, carrying out all sort of activities for him. God said "Let us make man in our own image...". It is never, "let us make servants to render service for us". In other words God created man in his express image and gave man dominion over his other creatures. God established a relationship with man (Genesis 1:26
, Genesis 3:8
). God did not call man into servitude as servants who must laboriously exhaust themselves to please their task master. God called man unto sonship(Galatians 4:6-7
)for fellowship and relationship.
Service and or sacrifice to God is good. It is desirable and most pleasant, but it should never take the place of relationship. It should not be meant to create relationship with God either because it is our reconciliation with God that gained us relationship with him. It is not by works but by faith in Christ(Ephesians 2:8-9
Our service or sacrifice to God must have a foundation. A foundation with the seal and recognition of God. It is upon this foundation that God recognizes those who are really his(2Timothy 2:19
).This foundation is the platform of our relationship with God and when we stand on this foundation our service then becomes an expression of obedience. It becomes a reasonable service, a sweet smelling savor and not an activity or task.
Until we are recognize on this foundation, our rigorous church attendance, prayer meetings, fund raising, giving, choir and youth leadership, preaching, teaching etc becomes a laborious religious activity. We must stand first on the covenant platform of our Lord Jesus Christ before our service could be acceptable (Psalm50:5
). God created and owns the world(Psalm24:1-2
)and requires not the permission of man for whatever he wants. Yet he sincerely craves for relationship with man - with you and me.
Seek relationship and fellowship with him today.
BY : GODWIN LUBA
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