Christian Service in the Church

Christian Service in the Church

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Today I am writing about the Christian Service in the Church.
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:” Eph. 6:5-7
“And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.” Eph. 6:9
Last week I wrote about the Christian in the Workplace and used the Scriptures above. They are just as applicable in the local church as in the workplace.
Let’s take a look at the first passage, Ephesians 6:5-7.
Work as Unto The Lord.
If you are working in the local church can you image doing your work any other way? You are literally working for the Lord for it is His church! With that in mind it is the same as last week, everything follows from working unto the Lord.
When working in the local church your pastor is your boss. You are commanded to love him both as a fellow Christian and as the Under Shepherd. If you can’t love him then you can’t really serve him. And there is something wrong either with him (doctrine or his disobedience) or you. Chances are it’s you.
Be Obedient
I’ll use the same story as last week: When I was called by God to become a financial secretary at my church I started attending school where I learned the basics of church finances. When my pastor told me he wanted me to start I hadn’t become an expert yet, but I did know the basics of the job. So I dropped out of school and started work as the Financial Secretary.
I said last week that it is your job to do it the way the boss wants it done. This is even more important in the church. Have there been times my way was the right way and the pastor was wrong?
Yes.
But I did it his way. I am thinking of one such event right now. I reported a problem, identified it, and told the pastor what needed to be done. He didn’t agree and wanted to bring in a professional. We did, the professional messed things up and we ended up doing things the way I’d originally planned.
Did You Let Him Know He’d Made a Mistake?
No, I did not. I, at his behest, made a report on the whole matter and eventually turned it in to him and the deacons. But aside from reporting the facts I made no other mention to him. You see the pastor is the Lord’s servant. It was his call. My job was to obey.
So You Never Complained?
Not to him. But I took my complaints to the Lord. Last week I discussed skip level meetings. I had a skip level meeting with the Lord and the pastor wasn’t invited. And the Lord took care of the matter!
But yes, I complained to the Lord about it. And I have used the skip level meeting idea throughout my work in the ministry as a Financial Secretary. Did God always work things out in the way I wanted? Of course not.
What is the Best Attitude to Have in Church Service?
Sometimes, believe it or not, the pastor is in the right. In fact, the safest attitude to take when working for a pastor is to assume that the pastor is right and I am wrong. Saves a lot of heartbreak.
A lesson I learned decades ago involved something my wife and I wanted to do in relationship to our getting married. Our pastor knew exactly why we wanted to do it and even understood it. Ordinarily he would have approved, but he knew something that we didn’t and said no but didn’t tell us why at the time. Did I complain to the Lord? In all honesty I don’t remember. But I do remember that years later both my wife and I fully understood the pastor’s decision and it was the right decision.
The fact is the very nature of a pastor’s job puts him in possession of information the rest of us simply don’t have. So it is a wise thing to trust your pastor.
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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Insights: World of Noah and the Ark

Insights: World of Noah and the Ark

Insights: World of Noah and the Ark
“And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
“A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.” (Excerpt from World of Noah and the Ark)
God usually calls people to serve him one by one. The excerpt above concerns God’s call upon Noah to build an Ark (ship). God didn’t appear to Noah’s wife, his sons weren’t born yet, and his grandfather Methuselah wasn’t with him. The call came exclusively to Noah.
Yet all these people were impacted by God’s call on Noah. I think that Methuselah had some later involvement. The Bible is silent, yet it states that the Flood came in the same year Methuselah died (not in the flood, but before the flood).
So it is possible that God’s call on Noah impacted:

  • Noah
  • Noah’s wife
  • Japheth
  • Japheth’s wife
  • Shem
  • Shem’s wife
  • Ham
  • Ham’s wife
  • Methuselah

But it is likely that many more were directly affected. Noah was a farmer not a shipbuilder. Although shipbuilding probably existed (Bible never says otherwise), there was nothing on the scale of the Ark before and it wasn’t until probably the 19th century that anything else was built. In other words, this was a big job requiring someone who could read and understand a blueprint (basically what God gave Noah) and men who would actually build it.
If I am correct then it is another tragic part of Noah’s story. Because none of these men got saved unless they died before the Flood (a possibility). But most died unsaved though they worked on the ship itself.
My point in all of this is that God’s call is often to one person but the impact is upon a lot of people. Has God called you to a ministry? If so it is likely the decisions you make in following that call will impact a great many others.
It’s not just you!
ARE YOU A BOOK REVIEWER? I am always looking for book reviews. Whether it is Perished The World That Was (Book One), World of Noah and the Ark (Book Two), World of Shem (Book Three), World of Abraham (Book Four) or Death Ship to the Stars I value your reviews.
If you would like to review any of these books contact me at marketing@tr-indbkstore.com with the subject line indicating that desire. An example of an appropriate subject line would be: ‘Seek to review [book Title].’ In the email make sure to indicate your email address, your name, and the choice of copy (PDF or ePub).

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Christian Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard

Go to the ant, thou sluggard

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” Prov. 6:6.

Has God called you to be a writer? Is it hard? Do you feel like quitting?

Here in Proverbs we learn that God takes a dim view of laziness and basically not doing the work. It is true that writing can be hard work. But if God truly called you to be a writer He never provided the option of quitting.

But I know how you feel. Before I ever published my first novel I often felt like quitting. Especially when a story would suddenly hit the wall and I knew it was going nowhere. While I did quit the novel, I never quit writing. And it is important to know there is a difference!

Anyone who has been a writer for awhile has had to change directions at least once but probably more often than they might want to admit. When writing you are investing a part of yourself and it becomes very difficult to stop and reject the work. However, if you consider what you have learned about writing during the project then it has not been a waste of time and effort. Instead you have learned something you can use in your next project.

Quitting as a writer is altogether different. By quitting you are saying that God never called you. If you say no, God called you and it didn’t work out then you are saying God made a mistake. God never makes mistakes! So you need to re-evaluate your calling. Did He call you to be an author or not? If He did then you can’t quit, because it would be disobedience.

Assuming therefore God called you to be a writer then you need to evaluate your writing. What is stopping you? Are you in the right genre? Do you need additional skills?

When I was trying to write and not succeeding it was very frustrating. To offset this I wrote computer programs (most of which were used only personally) and poetry (which helped me win my wife). But behind it all I still had that drive, that calling to write. I often prayed about it and would pick up pen and paper and try again. I even developed a model train hobby that I converted into a story. It didn’t work, but my point is I kept trying.

In my case the solution came through my daily devotions as God showed me that the Bible is loaded with true stories waiting to be the foundation for novels. Your experience will probably be different except that God is just as interested in your success as mine. So keep your prayer life strong and listen for His guidance.

Not only did God open the door for my writing career to open, He also opened the door for my wife and I to become the publisher of our own books (soon she will have her first novel published). In 2014 God gave me the idea for being a self-publisher in the truest form. I talked to my wife and she immediately was enthused. Thus was born T&R Independent Books with her as president and yours truly as vice president. This decision opened the door for us and provided us not only with greater potential earnings but with greater control over every aspect of writing. But it wouldn’t have happened if we weren’t listening to God!

It is my belief that roadblocks in a Christian’s life are there for a reason. Sometimes it means quit  a project to be sure, but never to quit doing His will. Roadblocks come with multiple solutions which could include plowing through them, going around them, going over them, or even going under them. In other words, roadblocks are often opportunities. We just need to stop, pray, and seek to discover what the opportunity facing us might be.

So if you’ve been called to write don’t let a roadblock stop you. It might just be God trying to get your attention and redirect your path.

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books and is best known for Historical Fiction. For more information on him or his books visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.