You have not started following God until you can show me what you have left. The absence of power in the lives of so many people is because they have not left anything. Power of God is always in exchange for something in your live.
There is a tendency of man; it happens to you, it happens to me. Man always wants to be appreciated; we want to be appreciated and there is a feeling when we are appreciated. There is as though something is rising in you, like I want to give my best. Every time we are
appreciated, we are motivated naturally, we want to serve, and we want to do more. It is normal because when we praise and worship God, God moves more on our behalf; but there is something about the things of God we need to understand, and that is the reason we study our bible; we need to understand how God sees things and how he really wants us to see things; and that’s how we started talking about serving with the right attitude. In Luke 17:7, Jesus said “But which of you, having a servant ploughing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, go and sit down to meat?” Which of
you has a servant and when he comes back from the market, he will run to the servant and say hey, welcome, let me help you? Sit down on my chair, let me fan you. How many of you do that? None of you does that because he is a servant.
When your servant comes back, you cross your leg and tell him, my friend go inside the kitchen and cook what you brought and bring me food. The servant has since been under the sun and you have been under air condition watching television. You should expect that when a servant comes she should exchange roles. That is the error that is in our minds; that is what breaks many marriages. It is an error to compare a fan blade with a regulator; they cannot switch place. Okay, look at this, the Microphone cannot say to the speaker, ‘you are just staying there and the pastor has been carrying me up and down. Come lets change role.’ Can they change role? The fan blade cannot change role with the regulator because when two things are the same then one is not needed. It’s a stupid thing for you to say that I cooked yesterday so you should cook today. You don’t carry two regulators as fan, hang one up and the other one by the side. Will it work because it is up? Please don’t quote me wrong; I did not say husbands should not be helping their wives. You should understand that a servant can never exchange role with the master, no matter what. A servant cannot tell his master, ‘I have been under the sun all day and you have been under the air condition all day, so tonight you are going to sleep inside the security house and I will sleep in your bed room. It can never happen like that because it’s clear, a servant is a servant and a master is a master. That is why most pastors break away from church. Your pastor is your pastor, your nishop is your nishop; he ordained you. No matter how high you go you can’t switch.
Can you imagine saying, ‘pastor you have been preaching all the time, come and
sit and let another person preach. No it can’t happen. It’s not as if giving another person chance to preach is wrong but you have to understand the order of the spirit. That is what Jesus was trying to address. (Luke 17: 8) “And will not rather say unto him, make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?” He’s now coming back from work and saying stand by me while I’m eating and when am done eating then you can then decide whether to eat. (Verse 9) “Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.” Does the master tell the security man ‘thank you for the
security of yesterday?’
Jesus said “I trow not;” he doesn’t thank him because it’s his work. The security man’s duty is to stand by the gate. He cannot say ‘I have to go and enjoy now,’ that is why most servants betray their masters because they think master is enjoying and the servant is suffering. Servant and master are not the same. Servant is not an assistant master. Like me, I don’t maltreat my servants, I treat them fine. The other day I was angry with one of my servants when I discovered he slept inside my car, because I’ve given him house and he is supposed to sleep there because I also sleep in the house. He eats what I eat; but let me tell you something, it is not your right. You should understand the difference between generosity and your right. I once gave someone a car; I told him ‘take this car for taxi so you can maintain your family since you are out of job. He later went about complaining that the pastor gave him a bad car when he has been giving other people fine cars.
I’m trying to address something because there is a propensity where we want to be
appreciated, especially where you’re doing your work. Some people complain in the church where they work as, maybe usher. You hear mutterings such as ‘I’ve worked here for the past three years, yet no one even knows where I live, no one cares to know about my needs.’ If you have the right concept, it’s good to know where people live to appreciate them, but that is not the beneficiary’s right. It’s good for the church to be visiting people but it’s not anyone’s right. God wants you to be big, bigger than what you’re expecting from somebody in the church. ‘My child was sick and nobody visited me.’ He wants you to lay your hands on the child so that you can share the testimony on how He used you to heal your sick child, rather than sitting and crying. We are complaining because we don’t know what the scripture says; that is why most servants have lost their place. Their feelings justify their actions.
Jesus said it in Luke17:9: “Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.” He asked a question, not rhetoric. He answered it. He said “I trow not,” which means he doesn’t do that. He gives the reason in the next verse, “so likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say we are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.”
God said, when you are serving, you are doing what you ought to do. That is why I said God doesn’t say thank you. Jesus said ‘do not say I deserve it’ rather say ‘I am an unprofitable servant.’ Do you know what it means? It means there is nothing that I can do as profit to God. No matter what you feel you can do for God, it can never be profitable to Him because the blood he shed for us is far more than whatever service we can render to him. God can never make profit from you. I have paid tithe so I have contributed to the profit of God’s kingdom. Sorry, you are wrong because the prize at which your master bought you is greater than the service you rendered.
When you are armed with these, if somebody thanks you, you will see it as an extra and not let it get to your head. From today, when somebody says thank you for cleaning the chairs tell him ‘don’t thank me because I am an unprofitable servant.’ It’s so sad how people serve their boss in the office because he has the power to sack you. You wake up at 5am; why? Because you have trained your body to be slave to your boss in the office. Fear no man who can take away your salary; fear no man who can kill you; but fear God who after he kills your body, will punish your soul in hell fire. You will say ‘I fear God.’ How do you fear him? When it comes to your work you can never say you are tired; even when you are really tired, you must still go; but when it comes to church matters you will look for excuses: ‘my back is paining me,’ or ‘my leg is paining me’ or ‘I don’t have money.’
“And verily I said unto them, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house or the parents, or brethren, or wife, or children for the kingdom of God’s sake” (Luke 18: 29). Any calling that is a product of starvation is not a true calling. The pastor has no food to eat, he was called. Any vision you see when you are hungry is not a true vision of God. When God called Peter, he left the boat of fish; when he called Mathew; he left his seat as a tax collector; a position like that of a central bank governor. Luke 17: 28: “Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.” What have you left? Nothing! You are going to church because it’s close to your house; you are paying your tithe because it’s just N2,000; when it’s up to N10million you’ll say no. Peter said ‘we left all.’ You cannot follow without leaving all. And he said unto them: “And he said unto them,Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or parents, orbrethren, or wife, or children for the kingdom of God’s sake” (Luke 18: 29.)
There are some people I see in church would have bought land three years ago but maybe because of their regular giving out money for one project or the other, they don’t really have a saving. You think that person is a fool, no, he is not. He left house. They are some people that would have had more social status but it’s not possible because they are in the church every day. Some people have missed their family meetings for a long time now, why? It’s because they left their family, brethren. It’s not as if they neglect their family, but some people need to do so. He said “no one have left.” Jesus is advocating that there are cases that people need to leave house. They would have been buying lands, building houses, but some people need to leave.
Jesus said that you need to leave everything behind for the kingdom of God’s sake, neither to acquire a big position in church nor to impress the pastor. There are people who are pastors because they don’t have any other thing to do; in that case you don’t receive any reward. Pastor’s work is not a work you pick up because you have no food or work. You receive from pastoring because you left something for the kingdom of God’s sake.
Luke 18: 30: “Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time and in the world to come life everlasting.” There is no time you will give up something for God that it will not come back to you, that is why you should not be looking for appreciation. There is nothing wrong in people appreciating people, but don’t look for it. Do not let it be a yardstick for your sacrifice.
He said you shall receive in this present time. That is why when I see people sacrifice and do things, I know it’s going to happen and it’s been happening everywhere.
Luke 14: 14: “And thoushalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.”
Any time man can’t pay you, relax because now God becomes obligated to pay you. When you serve and no one recompensed you, God says don’t worry I’m going to fix you up. Serve with that attitude.