Recognize and overcome service hindrances upon being born-again children of God is important because we have been called to service. God’s service involves an active fulfillment, “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Heb. 9:13-14). Indeed, in Christ you are a priest of God and of Christ (Rev. 20:6). Therefore let’s see how to recognize and overcome service hinderances.
The lord has flames in his eyes
God doesn’t need us to do anything. In truth, God can do everything on His own. We are the ones who need God. And God has called us to service while needing Him. Although, we can miss out on the call because of lukewarm passivity.
God has equipped all saints and placed in us the will to work, but when there is not fulfillment nor execution we become lukewarm in God’s work. Lukewarm mentality will be hot and cold, on and off. Highly committed at one point and then completely off target or cold.
This is why the Lord with flames in His eyes says, “You cannot be hot and cold. Therefore repent, be zealous and choose before I spit you out of My mouth” (Rev 3:21 paraphrasing). Repentance is the key to overcoming lukewarm passivity and then being zealous or fervent (ie. Hot).
Satan comes as a hindering thief. He knows exactly the things to introduce into your life to block you from either seeing your call to service or fulfilling it. He also knows how to install thoughts and mindsets that keep you away from service. What the Spirit desires you to walk in, the adversary-lion will “roar” various things into your mind, preventing you from either understanding the desire of the Spirit or continuing in the Spirit’s desire.
Being born-again means our sinful debts are paid by Christ, yet we are still debtors NOT to live according to the flesh but to the Spirit (Romans 8:12). And the Spirit has led us to ministry and given us talents that we are to be stewards of and abound (Matt. 25:15).
Satan will bring in certain people, things, circumstances, “burdens,” thoughts, feelings, desires into your life all designed to prevent you from your call to service. But these are not excuses. Look at Christ! Did He allow the people hating Him, mocking Him, betraying Him and throwing stones at Him to become an excuse to not do God’s service? No, He endure through and resisted Satan’s hindering tricks and fulfilled the “good works God prepared Him to walk in.”
Take heed then
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God created beforehand that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). “Workmanship” can also mean “product.” Beloved, do you truly see yourself as a product of God, that is being used by Him for hot good works?
At times we can ignore the conscience of our spirit trying to be led by the Holy Spirit. We can disregard that intuitive understanding that we are not zealous for serving God and fulfilling the ministry we were called to. Recognize and overcome service hinderances.
Easy Yoke no jOke
The Lord said His yoke is easy. “Yoke” is a metaphor for service. Truly, the “spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” This service to the flesh is weak, complicated, “difficult” but to the spirit it is easy, light and simple. Truly doing the Lord’s service by the leading of the Spirit is easy! The flesh makes it complicated…
If you are struggling to recognize and overcome service hinderances, it’s written in prayer, “The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation of knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling…” (Eph. 1:17-18).
Remember, it’s His calling and not yours, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James) and He will draw near with His calling He has prepared for you, as you draw near inquiring.