READ: God’s Work Is Serious Business – Apostle Raphael A Macaulay

Acts 61. And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2. Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples [unto them,] and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we appoint over this business.
4. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

There is no insignificant service as long as it is onto the Lord. If it is for the Lord, it is of great importance. If it is for the Lord, it is the highest service with the highest honor.
The same energy, zeal, passion, and focus we put in the famous services, is the same energy, zeal, passion and focus we must put in the humble ones.
God’s reward is not based on the magnitude of the service but on the motive by which we serve. So, whether great or small as we call it, God looks at our heart. Hallelujah!
As long as it is a service to be rendered to the Lord, it is serious business. The Lord does not judge the way we do. What is small and insignificant to man is great and significant to God. If many know how important every service they render to God is, they will be faithful in all.
Some have said that if it matters to you, then it matters to God. Now I have a problem with statements like this. You see, we may become selfish in the process.
Going by that, we can decide to go for the services that will put the spotlight on us, and neglect the little ones, since it is what matters to us that matters to God. This means we call the shot. That statement is not applicable in the place of service.
It should rather be that if it matters to God, then it should matter to us. This comes with brokenness; letting our will go for His will to prevail. Does that service matter to God? If yes, then it should matter to you, even if it is the littlest of all.
No service, big or small requires less faithfulness. If you serve faithfully when the spotlight is on you, but would not do the same when no one is cheering you on, you are a hypocrite.

1 Corinthians 4
1. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

The word “stewards” is the Greek word “oikonomos”, which means, the managers of households or household affairs; it means a trustee or an administrator. Metaphorically, it refers to the apostles, Christian teachers, bishops and overseers.
First, God’s appointed ministers are His servants.
Second, God’s appointed ministers are stewards of His mysteries. They sere the revelation of Jesus to men.
The word “mysteries” or “mystery” is the Greek word “musterion”, which connotes something hidden, a secret that is to be revealed to the initiated. It takes the initiated to receive this kind of mystery. In this case, believers are the initiated by the blood of Jesus. So then, God’s ministers are custodians and revealers of His mysteries whenever He chooses to reveal. They make known the hidden secret—musterion of God to the initiated, believers, as though God Himself is speaking.

1 Peter 4:11
If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

“Any man” is not loosely used. It does not refer to just any man but those appointed by God for stewardship. The minister of God is God’s oracle; that is, he is supposed to speak as though God 
Himself was speaking in and through Him. When we come together to learn, we are to receive the mysteries of God. In teaching, this can be made known. In correction, this can be made known. In instruction, this can also be made known.
We continue from here next time.
You are blessed!

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