TOPIC: THE FULFILLED CHRISTIAN WORKER
TEXT: JOHN 4:34; ACTS 9:6; 2TIMOTHY 4: 6-8
INTORDUCTION: There are many and different types of workers in the world today. There are:
1. Government workers at Federal, State and local level
2. Company workers, either collective or individual
3. Personal business workers
4. Devil’s workers
5. God’s workers
From the above workers 1 – 3, are human in control and enlisted through adverts; 4, the devil entices people to work for him; 5, God calls people to work for Him.
It is a great privilege to be called by Go to be co-worker with Him in his vineyard.
To perform or carry out responsibility, promise, prophesy, etc.
To answer a need, demand and purpose
To satisfy, succeed, accomplish an agenda
To carry out or bring to completion
To comply with or obey, follow a rule or requirement
B. CHRISTIAN WORKER
Before we talk much about “THE FULFILLED CHRISTIAN WORKER”, I think it will be proper to define very clearly and very carefully what might rightly be called “a work of God”. There is so much confusion in the world today and people are doing many things which they called “work of God”.
Anything that is not God’s work is the evil’s work; there is no natural ground on which anyone can carry out a work that is neither God’s nor the devil. A work can be carried out in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit yet still actually the work of the devil. The spiritual name by which a work is called by man does not necessarily make it God’s work.
The big question is: How can I differentiate God’s work from the devil’s work?” How can I be sure that in investing my life in some work I am not thereby helping the enemy to build his kingdom?
Let us take note of the following:
1. The success of a work does not necessarily make it God’s work
2. The spiritual or biblical name given to a work does not make it God’s work.
3. The motive that a worker(s) have does not necessarily make a work God’s work. The motive may be sincere and unselfish yet the work remains of the devil; a pagan who sacrifices to an idol sincerely cannot by his sincerity transform what he is doing into God’s work.
4. The degree of sacrifice involved in the work does not make it God’s work. People can give themselves up to be burnt for the work which is not God’s work. The sacrifice involved, the degree of consecration, the dedication and the commitment of a worker cannot change that which is not God’s to God’s work.
5. The purity of a worker involved in a work does not necessarily make that work God’s work, for someone may be pure but misguided or deceived.
If you find out that what you are doing is not God’s work, stop it immediately, for not only have you not been working for God, but you have been mistakenly and truly helping His enemy (devil) to build his kingdom that is violently opposed to the kingdom of God
To be a fulfilled Christian worker, you must have the understanding of God’s work:
1. All God’s work must have its origin in God Gen 1:26; 3:6.
God must be the Sole Author; “You cannot remedy a work that was not started by God before Him. There will be no reward whatsoever for a work that He did not give origin to. You cannot invite Him to come and take over the work which He did not originate”. He cannot take over that which He did not start. Ultimately, what He did not start was initiated by the wicked one. Should God take over what the devil started; it is absolutely impossible with God.
2. All God’s work must fit into His purpose
God has an eternal purpose that was in His mind even before He laid the foundation of the world. His eternal purpose is that Christ may be all (Colossians 3:11). For anyone to call the work that he is doing God’s work, it must not only originate in God but also fit into God’s one purpose. It must not have any secondary motive.
Any work that has Christ plus something else or someone else as its goal or purpose can never be God’s work. It must be for God alone and for the glory of Christ.
3. All work of God must be done in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In a work of God, the Holy Spirit is the absolute controller; when He moves, the work gets on, when He stops, the work stops.
Today technology, techniques, methods and shows have been allowed to replace the Holy Spirit. The work of God is not by education, finance, social power but by the SPIRIT OF GOD – Zachariah 4:6; Acts 28:22.
4. The work of God must be done by men who are called by God.
It is a great privilege to be called by God to do His work; you should know that your calling is a privilege and not a right. One thing that characterized men of God in the Bible and the work of God that was accomplished through them was the deep conviction that God had called them as individuals to specific tasks. The men called by God, each received a personal call; they were not into God’s work because:
They wanted to display some special abilities
They were jobless and therefore wanted some form of employment
They wanted a name for themselves
They had seen others accomplish similar feasts and they wanted to imitate them in God’s name
They saw some need and decided to do something about it.
They were there because God wanted them there and had called them to it.
No work done in the above way is God’s work. It may appear successful and spiritual; it may serve the interest of God but every plant which is not planted by God shall be uprooted (Matt 15:13).
5. All works of God must be done by God’s methods
Does it matter to God how His work is done? Is it not enough that His work is done? Does the end justify the means? Must someone who is interested in the Lord’s work not just look for methods that work; irrespective of the author of the methods? Is there anything wrong when wrong methods produces results?
Don’t run after results but methods (Exodus 17:6; Number 20:2-12)
In Exodus 25:31-40, you will see that there was no room for Moses ideas and opinions. All was God’s idea from start to finish. Moses was to construct according to the details that he had seen. Doing the work that God wants has to do with the following:
God had a heavenly model
God showed (Moses) the heavenly model
God expects you to see the heavenly model clearly
You are to take time to see the heavenly model very well
You are to do His work in conformity in every way and in every detail to the heavenly model
God is not only concerned about the overall structure of the work but about each detail.
Each detail had something special to do with the will of God, and its absence would have introduced something horrible into God’s design
Your personal opinion should not replace the model of the work
Only those who are called and saw the model of the work are to do the work no matter the cost.
God do give specific instructions concerning any of His work, How obedient are you to those instructions.
6. All God’s work must be done in God’s timing
God is not only concerned that is work be done by His methods with Him as the originator and with Christ as its purpose, but He is also concerned that it be done in His own timing. He has His time for all His work (Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:9-10; John 9:4).
God’s work must be done in His time. No one can move ahead of God and yet do His work, nor can someone lag behind Him and still do His work. There is danger in rushing ahead of Him. There is also danger in lagging behind Him. People can rush ahead out of carnal anxiety and worldly pressure. Also others can out of fear and doubt hesitate; check this or that thing, consult this or that person, etc and fail God by missing His time.
Why is it important to do God’s work in God’s time?
It is when God wants His work done
God has so programmed how His work should be done
All God’s actions are on exact time. He is never in a hurry, He is never too early, and He is never too late (John 2:4; 7: 6-10; 11:5-10)
Having considered with a very good and deep understanding, the work of God; the fulfilled Christian worker should:
1. Know that he or she is a Christ worker; working for God and not man
2. Know that you are called by God, chosen by God among the billions of people on planet earth. This is a great privilege and not your right. God calls, the devil entices
3. Know what you are called to do. Acts 9:6. Every born again Christian is called to carry out the great commission (Matt 28:16-20).
There are other specific areas of calling that one need to know what God has called him to do. Doing the wrong work in God’s vineyard is wasting of time, strength, resources, etc. – I Corinthians 12:7-11, 28-31
4. Be focused: Know what you are called to do and stick to it. Don’t be distracted by what is happening around and in you.
You can change business, carrier, or location when things go wrong or unpleasant but you cannot change God’s assignment for your life (Matt 25:14-30; 26:36-39; 14:27-32)
5. Do the work God’s way. God is so concern and strict about the way His work should be done, Men can overlook little mistakes but God will never. Exodus 17:6; Numbers 20:2-12; 2Samuel 6:1-7-13
6. Be committed; there is time frame attached to every assignment given to men by God. Therefore, don’t be lazy, sleep nor play with His work John 9:4
7. Endure Hardship: The road to success and great achievements are never straight nor smooth. No man called by God to do His work is immune of hardship (Matt 24:13; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10; 2 Timothy 2:3).
The hard time that God intends to use to build you up can be hijacked by the devil to destroy you if care is not taken.
8. Be courageous: Discouragement is the devil’s calling card.
There are oppositions on every side of God’s work. Courage is not the absence of fear but the boldness to move forward to conquer. God repeatedly told Joshua to be strong and courageous to accomplish the task ahead of him (Joshua 1:1-9)
Note: There are enemies of progress in God’s given assignment; (Nehemiah 4:1-3; Daniel 3:14-30; 6:1-28)
9. Be growing: Physical growth to maturity will determine your performance in physical things, likewise in spiritual growth. Paul told Timothy to grow in grace (2 Timothy 2:1). We are to grown and sharpen our skills for effective and fruitful service; this requires personal self-development and constant training in various ways. – 2Timothy 2:15
10. Beware of Pride and other besetting sins. Pride is another weapon used by the devil to derail servants of God from fulfilling their God given assignment.
Beware of praise singers even when you are doing the right thing the wrong way or the wrong thing the right way or even the right thing the right way.
When men are raining praises on you, cut off your head at that moment and fix it back when due and also beware of self-praise by using the word “I” in all you do. John 5:41; Proverbs 16:18
11. Be obedient. This is the first key to becoming a fulfilled Christian worker and it cannot be over emphasized. All through the scriptures, God demands absolute obedience from vessels that He uses. Genesis 2:15-17; 6:22; 12:4; 17:22-27; 22:1-3; 26:1-5,6,12,13; Deuteronomy 28:1, 15; Isaiah 1:19, 20; Acts 26:19; Philippians 2:1-1.
12. Surround yourself with people that sees and share your vision; people of same faith and able to encourage you in time of challenges.
The people that surrounded Moses helped in hindering him from fulfilling his God given assignment – to lead the people of Israel to the Promise Land (Number 20:2-12; Deuteronomy 1:37; 3:23-29; Joshua 1:10-16; 24:31; Nehemiah 4:6)
13. Be Prayerful – For God’s guidance and direction, for His provision, protection, etc. Nehemiah 4:6
Through prayer you know the mind of God concerning any given assignment.
14. Remember the day of accountability:
All works shall be judged; good or bad, secret or open. Man can escape giving account to fellow man but no man shall escape the judgment day of God.
We are all stewards of God’s work; Matthew 25:14-30; 18:23; 2 Corinthians 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Records are kept by God according to your works; Revelation 20:11-13; 22:10-12
15. Be faithful in all your services to God. The owner of the work is not asleep; His eyes are wide open keeping every record against the day of accountability 2 Kings 5:20-27
THE REWARD FOR BEING A FULFILLED CHRISTIAN WORKER
1. Peace of Mind – Daniel 6:21, 22; Mark 4:38; 2 Timothy 4:6,7
2. Promotion from God – Daniel 3:30
3. Protection from evil – Daniel 3:24-30; 6:20-23
4. Generational blessing – children sharing from your blessing
5. Commendation from The Throne of Grace Matthew 25:21, 23
6. Provision from God – Luke 5:1-7
7. Answers to prayers – John 11:41-42; Nehemiah 2:1-18
8. Eternal home in Heaven – Matthew 25:25
In this world of competition and eye service, who are you working for and how are you rendering your service? Fulfillment comes when you know who had called you, doing the work the right way, at the right time with the intension to give an account to the owner of the work – GOD.In all you do, do it to the glory of God.
Prepared by: Rev F. W Umanah
Assemblies of God, New Adeoyo, Ring Road, Ibadan
(The Kingdom Builders School of Ministry and Discipleship)