Posted by: SandreS | February 26, 2010

The Real Work of God

While the world of “Christian Service” goes on with its endless activities of “ministry for the Lord,” God is quietly, steadily, faithfully at work in your life.

As impressive as all of the religious activities may appear to be, it is often little more than religious fluff. True ministry is intensely personal, borne out of self-sacrifice for another. It is freely being spent (used up) in the situation of life where Father has placed us, and regardless of how you may “see” things or “feel” about the value of your personal sacrifice, it is in the silent, unrecognized giving of yourself and your daily life in the seemingly routine details of the day that you are used in HIS real ministry. It is in your regular avenue of living that your role as a “Son of God” is manifest in the real “work of God”!

I am not talking here of an occasional “act of service,” but of your daily living sacrifice for Him in every detail and circumstance of life, being His available vessel – His cannel of care and love – in every single situation, every single day, day in and day out.

Your life is what true ministry is all about. It is not something that you “go and do.” It is who you are as our Father lives His life in and through you. Your daily sacrifice is what true ministry is all about. To give your life as a living sacrifice to God is a tremendous amount of hardship, care, burden, heartache, difficulty, trial and inconvenience.

Anyone can participate in a religious activity (so-called “Christian service”) for an hour or two here and there and go home and relax; but true ministry is about life, it is sacrificially lived in real life – in our homes, at work, at play, anywhere we are – every day.

Sacrificial living is about your Father doing His work in you. It is not about recognition, display, grandeur or applause. It is about responsibility, devotedness and faithfulness “in a few things” and with those who have the appearance of being “least of these.” There are many places of pretense of ministry; but your daily life is exactly where Dad is doing His work – in those circumstances and activities that might appear to you to be just the daily duties of routine.

Many Christians are busy with their convenient “churches,” “ministries,” “fellowships,” “Bible studies” and “serving the Lord.” Sadly, though, things are not what they always appear to be. The life of our Father is about real life – everyday life – about God’s humble work in you.

What we are talking about here is the real work of God in our lives – Everyday real. Painfully real. Routinely real. Monotonously real – but nonetheless the real work of God!

For the most part, in this life you will go overlooked, unrecognized, unappreciated and un-thanked. This is par for the carnal course, but do not let this discourage you from your GREAT ministry. One day all the things of this life will be brought into the light. So,

… Don’t be weary in well doing: for in due season you will reap, if you faint not (Galatians 6:9).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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