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DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE ALARM SOUNDED


DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE ALARM SOUNDED“Formerly, I was a leader of prayer community in the school.”

“Formerly, I was a church choir director.”

“Formerly, I was a pioneer of prayer movement in the campus.”

“Formerly, I was who lead my best friend to believe and accept Jesus.”

“Formerly, every Sunday I was teaching the Bible study class.”

“Formerly…  Formerly…  Formerly…….”

 

Have you ever heard the words like these from someone who enthusiastically and proud told about the experience with God in the past? Ago, Sometimes ago, many years ago! But now…???

SEEING MYSELF

Sometime ago I was talking with someone who I think wasn’t an impassioned Christian. Need very hard effort and pray to take her to Sunday worship. Yet, I was surprised when she told that formerly she was taking a ministry as a church singer for many years and diligently attended a Bible class. As if heard the alarm (warning sign) beeps in my heart!! I immediately looked into myself, which until today has over twenty years of actively serving as a volunteer at one of the Church ministry department. I pondered, how my spirituality within the period ten or twenty years from now? Will my passion for the Lord will fade just like her…???

DIMS FLAME

Many Christians have for decades followed the lord and diligently serve in God’s work but along with increasing the age, it turns out the passion to know God precisely decreases. They become a Christian who no longer places Jesus as the top priority, even no longer presume that Sunday worship as something important and needed.  Unnoticeably, has been many years God’s position replaced by sundry of busyness in career and business, family interest, also with all life’s comfort and pleasure. It is surprising when knew that formerly they are Christians who with a burning passion to serve God, even actively preaching the gospel personally. Where is the first love that formerly moves them to hit various obstacles for the sake of fellowship with God and serve God in joy?! It is impossible the fire of love that revealed by King David in Psalm 69:10a, with phrase: “For zeal for Your house has consumed me,” could suddenly dimmed.

THE TURNING POINT

Such changes certainly not necessarily happened. Whatever or whenever the turning point, there must be a process that consciously or not, has been going on for so long. It could be in the form of a sad event, the deep hurt and disappointment, the various activities and busyness of work and business, or several of pleasures that captivate our attention more than in fellowship with God. If all that is not immediately rectified completely with God, then sooner or later it will erode the love, faith, and commitment to God. Finally, without realizing God’s position has shifted and eventually they trapped in a lukewarm condition. They are still referred to as a Christian, but have lost the personal intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ. But are we realize that among all the things which could be mentioned as the cause of the spirituality degradation, there is the most dangerous thing that can lead us away from God is the ministry itself!!!

CHOOSING THE BEST PART

When we prefer the ministry than to build a personal relationship with God that whom we minister, it was a sign that we should immediately stop of all activities and started to kneel at His feet.

We quite often heard about Martha and Mary in Luke 10: 38-42. Marta was a good host. She did her ministry diligently to prepare all the needs of Jesus and his disciples at her home. Maybe she was busy preparing the food, beverage, and managing the home to be comfortable for Jesus and the people who gathered to hear Jesus’s teaching. Marta always think, organize, and prepare everything necessary in order to “Sunday worship” running smoothly, orderly, until all present blessed and well served. Therefore Martha’s role was extremely important, but we all know that Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;  but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:41-42)

Apparently, busy to serve the God’s work is not always the best choice that pleases God.

Apparently, there are times when just sitting quietly at the God’s feet is much better than on busy doing ministry activities.

It turns out, has a heart that is thirsty and hungry for fellowship and build a personal relationship with God is far more pleasing before God than the myriad of ministry busyness.

THE ALARM

“Hi all servants of God, including me, where does our heart today?”

“Is in every ministry that we do, our hearts are still filled with passion and love to the God we serve?

Is intimate moments with God in prayer and His Word is still the moment we’re looking forward with enthusiasm more than when we serve God’s work?”

If the answer is “no” or “mediocre”, it means the alarm has sounded for us! Be careful, our spiritual lives are in a dangerous condition!  It means the time has come to fix ourselves and rebuilt the altar of the Lord in our lives and return to the first love to God.

Look at the Ephesians; they are viable and diligent congregation in their entire ministry. But although God knows all their toil, God rebuked them, “I know your deeds and your toil and [a]perseverance….. and you have [b]perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen…” (Revelation 2:2-5a)

Physically the Ephesians is still active and eager to do ministry and worship, but in fact their hearts away from God. If so, can we do the ministry, while our hearts are far from God? Yes, we can!

THE DANGEROUS PROFESSIONALISM

The more mature in age and personality coupled with the increasing number of experiences in ministry, a servant of God certainly has matured in the ministry. A  good servant of the Lord certainly understand the meaning of doing a ministry with full responsibility, punctual, neat, and the results were satisfactory. They can set the time with the orderly, able to cooperate with the team, even believable responsibility increasingly greater. Or in other words, be a professional God’s servant. The professional God’s servant can serve God’s work well even though there is no spiritual life in themselves. It is the dangerous professionalism because it can deceive themselves and others. We think our spiritual fine, when in fact is not!

Altogether there is nothing wrong with professionalism in the ministry. It must! If the world of work we have to act professional, in our ministry should also be professional. But professionalism without love there’s no point! As great as any that we do: could speak in tongues of men and of angels, prophesy, have all faith so can move the mountain, to be burned, but do not have love, it is nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

Once again, let’s look into ourselves. Will there still be alive and impassioned love in our hearts? If the answer is “no” or “mediocre”, it means the alarm has sounded for a long time but we ignore it!!!

BACK TO THE FIRST LOVE

Then, what should we do now?

And repent and do the [a]deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. (Revelation 2:5b)

What do we did at first when we fell in love with God? Always thirsty and hungry for closely allied with the Lord and do everything with love overflowing to God.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE ALARM SOUNDED! But let us continue to build an intimate relationship with God. God is love, only through fellowship with God then we will be filled with the love. If our lives overflow with love of God, then love will flow when we serving. Thereby, our ministry is not only getting qualified, but also has the power to transform lives, as well as deign and pleasing God.

A FEW YEARS TO COME

We do not know the limits of our age. But if God allows us to live and serve Him until a few years to come, dozens or even tens of years to come … I hope … those who serve the Lord with us today, we can find them in the spiritual state that the increasingly fiery, mature, and be faithful in their calling. Perhaps they are no longer as active as before and no longer serving the Lord’s work in the same field because of the limitations of age, but the fire of their love for God even smolder till the end!

THE MOST IMPORTANT IS NOT WHAT AND HOW MUCH WE’VE DONE, BUT WHAT WE DO IS BASED ON LOVE.

2 PETER 1:10

Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; (2 Peter 1:10)

AMEN

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By: Sella Irene – Beautiful Words

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13 comments on “DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE ALARM SOUNDED

  1. Fearfully Wonderfully Me
    August 23, 2015

    Thank you so much! You are a blessing also. I would not be where I am today without my amazing God. All the glory goes to Him!

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  2. Fearfully Wonderfully Me
    August 23, 2015

    I love this post! My guest post from Wednesday from Alice Carter talked about resting in God. I think this is a very relevant message these days. As a person who is overcoming a chronic illness, I can’t do a lot of the things other people my age do. Still, I try to help those around me and pray fervently. And of course blogging itself is a ministry! God bless you ♡

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    • Hello dear there…. thank you so much for insightful comment. Also thank you for spent your precious time to read my post.
      God’s way is perfect even we don’t understand it. What God gives to us and allows happen to us always has good reason. I pray you always strong in hope, faith, and loving Jesus forever. He loves you beyond your comprehension. May God always use you and your blog to be a blessing for the world. We love you 🙂 Jesus bless you

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  3. Karina Susanto
    August 1, 2015

    All should based on love. There is no passion to serve God without love. There is no spirit to serve God without love. There is no diligence to serve God without love. All is about Love because He is love. We all are in His perfect love. Very good read.

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  4. ThinkingChamber
    July 31, 2015

    Reblogged this on Biblical Thoughts and commented:
    “Formerly… Formerly… Formerly…….” Gently down the stream. We can’t turn back the hands of time. Romans 13:11- And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

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    • Thank you so much for reblogged my post. I really appreciate it. May this post be a blessing to all your readers then move them to do all they can do with true Love, Jesus’s Love. Amen

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  5. ThinkingChamber
    July 31, 2015

    Lord knows I have “formerly” done things in the church. I have also done things temporarily…moving when He wants me to do something else in His name to reach outside of the church. I’m not Jesus, but I like to move around like He did….stopping here and there doing what I can out of love for others outside of the church and in other churches. 🙂 I easily get bored.

    “THE MOST IMPORTANT IS NOT WHAT AND HOW MUCH WE’VE DONE, BUT WHAT WE DO IS BASED ON LOVE.”- I love this!!!!!! 🙂

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    • Hello, thank you for spent your precious time and read this also gave nice comment 🙂 Jesus bless you and whatever you do for HIM and in HIS LOVE 🙂

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  6. Sandra Clarita
    July 31, 2015

    I am sure that there is something going on if someone formerly so active as God’s servant then their passion and spirit to serve God suddenly dimmed. I think it not just abouy there no love. One reason we serve God just because we loge Him as He love us first by gave His only son dead on the Cross. Also not merely because they stay away from the intimacy with God.

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    • Hello beautiful girl, yes you are so right. Many things can make someone trapped in the condition of lukewarm spirit.
      But as John 15:5 (ASV) said: “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing.”
      We are only branches. We are alive if only we always abideth in God. If we don’t abideth in Him and stay away from Him, then as great as we can do everything, there is no life!
      Thank you for read and comment, have a blessed day 🙂

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