FROM PASTOR'S DESK 2022 Pastor's Desk

He takes faithfulness seriously | Pst. J.O. Lawal

Date: January 09, 2022 | Series: From Pastor’s Desk | Number: Vol. 10, No. 36

Beloved: grace, mercy and peace be yours without measure from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. I am glad to welcome you to the second week of this new year, year 2022. And I pray that you will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be faithful in all your service to God in the year, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

As we see in the bible, God is not only concerned about what we do for Him; He is also concerned about the heart with which we do it. Therefore, His reward will not come to us only on the basis of how much we are able to do for Him but also on the basis of how faithful we are in doing what we do for Him. This is why you must not let your focus be merely on doing this or that for God; instead, let it also be on doing whatever you do for Him with a diligent and faithful heart.

Why was Cain’s offering rejected? It was because his heart was not right with God. Yes, many have said that it was because he did not bring God a quality offering. Some have even said that it was because what he brought was not a blood sacrifice. But the bible does not say anything like that. It does not say that God gave Cain and his brother Abel a specific instruction on what to bring to Him. Rather, it tells us that they both brought Him offerings from the labour of their hands. So, it must have been freewill offerings that they brought to Him. (Cf. Gen 4:3-5)

In any case, even though both of them had laboured to bring Him something, it was only Abel and his offering that He looked upon with favour; He did not look upon Cain and his offering with favour. And when He saw that Cain was downcast because of this, He told him plainly, “If you are doing what is right, will you not be accepted?” So, it was not really about his offering but about him. All along, something had been wrong with his heart. That was what spoilt his offering. And because he did not heed God’s warning, that thing ended up making him a murderer. (Cf. Gen 4:6-8)

So, God is looking beyond what we are doing for Him or giving to Him. He is also looking at our hearts. And it is what He sees in them that will determine whether He accepts and rewards our labour for Him or not. In fact, as we also see in the bible, there are times that He punishes people for not being faithful or diligent in serving Him. For example, on the same day, Nadab and Abihu, two of the sons of Aaron, were both punished with death by Him because they offered before Him unauthorized fire. Yes, they were out to serve Him. But they ended up getting killed for their service instead of getting praised and rewarded. (Cf. Lev 10:1-3)

What about Ananias and Sapphira, his wife? They were both killed on the same day by the Lord for being unfaithful with their giving (Acts 5:1-10). So, we need to always take faithfulness in our service to God seriously. Paul, speaking about this, says, “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” (1Cor 4:2NIV) Did you see that? In stewardship, faithfulness is key; it cannot be overlooked or undermined.

Therefore, as you go this new year, let faithfulness be your watchword in all your service to God. This is so that He may use your service to accomplish His good purpose in the lives of men. Also, it is so that you may get His praise and reward for your service instead of His disapproval or punishment. And may your heart be taught and strengthened to be faithful to Him in all things and at all times, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have a great week.

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