Righteousness - Session 9
Your existence in the earth will only be deemed as righteous if you live every single moment as an expression and representation of Christ.
This series on Righteousness has now moved beyond the theological and philosophical dimensions to a very practical, day-to-day way of expressing righteousness. Righteousness must translate into every aspect of our lives so that our lives will become congruent with the established, divine templates for the way in which we as the sons of God ought to conduct our lives on the earth. This session is devoted to the understanding that how we serve in our everyday life determines how we worship God.
All Service is unto God.
Every one of us are called to represent God and to express His image in whatever it is that we do. It is irrelevant whether one holds a prestigious position or if one occupies a very menial position in life, every position that is a representation of God is an expression of His righteous order. The servant girl, for example, that worked in Naaman’s household used her position to speak to Naaman who was a senior military official, to tell him of Elisha, a prophet that would be able to heal him of his leprosy. It is extremely important therefore that we learn to be satisfied wherever God has placed us because where we are placed is where we are called to serve God. In other words, we serve God in the way we serve in our vocations, the way we serve our earthly masters, the way we serve in our businesses, and in the way we serve one another. This disposition is only realised when we accept that we are not our own. We have been purchased with a redemptive price, the blood of Jesus, hence we belong to Him and not to ourselves.
Your Service Translates into Worship
God measures our worship by our service. The biblical account of Cain and Abel demonstrates how God evaluates our offerings and thus our worship by our service. The scriptures record that both Cain and Abel prepared offerings to present to the Lord. Cain, the tiller of soil, had his offerings of the fruit of the ground rejected, but the offering of Abel which was the firstlings of his flock, was accepted. To understand the reasons for Cain’s offering being rejected and why Abel’s offering was accepted, we must know that God does not measure what is on the alter, God measures everything that happened before the offering was placed on the alter. Cain’s name which is ‘I have gotten’, is an egotistical, existential position of self-determination that says, ‘I determine my own career, I work for myself, by the sweat of my brow I work the field to raise a crop so I can dictate what I want to put on the altar’. It is a self-centred disposition of service which did not translate into an acceptable offering of worship and was therefore rejected by God. Abel, on the other hand means ‘I am nothing, I have nothing’. So while Cain was the owner of personal assets, Abel is a manager of Kingdom assets. Abel sees everything that is produced in his flock as owned by God. Based upon the disposition of Abel’s heart, God accepts his offering.
The practical implication is that when you serve God in righteousness in your vocations, your businesses, and in the way you serve one another, then your service mutates into worship. It becomes an act of worship. So when we come to worship on a Sunday, God measures six days of work by the presentation of yourself on the seventh day, and if he finds that our 6 days of work was acceptable service unto him, then it is received as worship.