HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
A pleasant good morning to the Patriarch, Archbishop and to all ministers in The Mystical Order. Once more I come to you in the Name of the Lord with the same story of Jesus and His dying love. I feel blessed to be a part of this great revolution of The Mystical Order. As I share in the successes of this ministry I want you to feel the same as our readers. I speak to you this morning on the subject “Motivation to serve”.
And Paul has set forth the motivation that you need in Romans 12:1: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” He goes on to tell us not to be conformed to this age but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The supreme motivation to sacrificial, transformed service is “the mercies of God,” which Paul lays out in chapters 1 to 11. And in our text (Romans 12:11), Paul shows how to serve the Lord. He’s saying:
The mercies of God call us to diligent, fervent service for the Lord. Colossians 3:23-24, Paul writes to believing slaves, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” If those words applied to slaves, who had the most menial jobs imaginable, then they certainly apply to your job. Your mindset should be that you are serving the Lord; therefore, don’t be lazy. Work hard. God has given you spiritual gifts to be used in serving Him (Rom. 12:3-8) and when you use those gifts to serve His kingdom purposes, He energizes you with His power.
As Paul explains (Colossians 1:29), “For this purpose also I labour, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.” Of course, we all need to evaluate how much we are able to commit to. We disqualify ourselves from service if we neglect family responsibilities (1 Timothy 3:4-5). And we will not be effective if we take on so much that we neglect our own souls (Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 4:16). But when you do what God has gifted you to do in the power that He supplies, it energizes you. You may be tired, but you’ll also be deeply satisfied.
I trust that you have received of the Lord and that your cup is filled and running over. May the peace of God reigns in your hearts. I love you and God bless.