Today: Please the commanding officer
Passage: Eph 5
3 Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer. 5 Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7 Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. (2 Tim 2, NIV) – emphasis added
A good soldier is all about pleasing his commanding officer
He is fully committed and involved in his duty; not worried about anything or anybody else
In the secular field, people may “please” their superiors in various ways; but God cannot be pleased by tricks or treats, nor is He a respector
of persons. God is serious about commitment. He is looking for genuine people
Today, we see two types of churches: performance oriented and preference oriented. One is like “Cain” and the other, like “Abel”
Performance-oriented churches focus on the outward things.
There you will see all the elements and programs that make it look professional: music with or without meaning, programs without power and dancing without joy. You may see people laughing, but not smiling. Everything is from the head, not heart. It is more about using techniques and technology, than tears
On the other hand, in a Church where God is preferred, you will experience the power and the presence of God; programs are secondary
There, you may see people crying and getting deliverance!
Driven by tears than techniques and a passion for God, you see authentic people worshipping an awesome God, in the anointing of the spirit. The word of God is delivered as it is, without any twists, turns or modifications!
A good soldier does not make assumptions; instaed, he/she keeps communicating with the commanding officer (C.O) and makes sure that each move is made according to the directions from the C.O
When things are done with human wisdom instead of divine guidance, all you get is some “performance”, not results
Do you go to a Church that is simply focussed on performance, or one that touches the lives of people with the power of God?
What about your own life? Is it about pleasing God or just a “performance”?
God bless you and speak to you. Let “pleasing God” become your priority!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for speaking to me. Help me to be a person pleasing you with all that I do-worship, work and in all walks and ways of life. Let my life be spirit-lead and one that makes sense to you. Amen
“When you focus on pleasing God, you can’t focus on your performance; it is one or the other”