The Living Faith Church International aka Winners Chapel has the theme for the month of June 2015 messages captioned, “Serving God Pays”. I was in one of their Sunday services and the man of God and the pastor in charge, Pastor Theophilus Makanjola.
In one of his messages, he made a striking statement, “serving God pays, it pays the best as well as pays the most” In this article, therefore, we shall be looking at the above assertion or statement. To what extent is the above statement true or false? In considering the above statement, we shall be looking at serving God generally.
First and foremost, are there accrued benefits or rewards in serving God? Yes, there are many benefits or rewards in serving God. In fact, I agree with what Pastor Makanjola said: “serving God pays, it pays the best as well as pays the most”.
We shall first and foremost look at the Bible, examples of those who served God in the Bible. The first example to consider is the man Job. The man Job, in his own time, was said to be the greatest man of the east can be seen in the book of Job 1:3
“Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yokes of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East”.
One major reason the man Job was able to achieve these feats was that he feared, obeyed, and served God. He has this to say in the book of Job 36:11 “If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.”
Again, look at this man called Uzziah, which can be seen in 2 Chronicles chapter 29:1–5 “Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers. Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him prosper.
Perhaps the book of Exodus 23:25-26 gave us a summary of the benefit of serving God. It says, “So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.
REASONS SOME DON’T RECEIVE THE REWARD FOR SERVING GOD.
There are many who claim they are serving God, but there are no positive things or evidence in their lives and situations to show that they are serving God. The number one reason for that is that not all the services are acceptable before God. Our services must first be accepted before God before HE can reward our services.
Secondly, before we begin to serve God, we must, first and foremost, know HIM or have a personal relationship with HIM. Also, the heart that will serve HIM must be pure or clean.
Moreover, in the book of Joshua, he gave us an insight into serving GOD. This can be seen in Joshua 22:5 which says, “But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, Which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you,
To love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul”.
Look also at Deuteronomy chapter 11:13 “And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul”.
Also, some people are serving God like Amaziah which can be seen in 2 chronicles 25:1-2, which says, Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem.
And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.” In other words, some are serving God, but not with a perfect heart.
End of part one, watch out for the part. Until I come your way again, stay focused and be dedicated to serving God, for it pays the best as pays the most. Shalom!.