Faithfulness does not seem to have that jazz like it used to. In a “me, mine” world, it is easy to fall off the lonely wagon of staying on course, especially when people around us get complacent. But in a world of increasing moral decay, disease and darkness, there is no other time to rise up and take up the banner of worship again. The banner of true relationship, unrestricted, free of distraction, untainted by fleshly desires or human expectation.

Of course, that is not the popular choice. For some, as the year speeds off to its end, some begin to feel the pressure from a supposed delayed harvest; some begin to feel like they have not got to that career goal or financial level. And these are important. Yes. I agree; but what has to change or suffer for that matter is not your ministry.

One of the biggest attacks of the devil is tricking us into thinking that the time given to church, ministry, service to God are the reasons why things are slow. What a big lie. That said, we empower our flesh to desire other things apart from God and yield to a deception that it is time “to take care of ourselves” and abandon the sanctuary, the temple, the call, the work.

Paul did not have it easy. Neither did the early church. They were plagued on every side by authorities and strongholds who wanted them dead. Today, for some harrowing reason, even without the threat of death or torture, our focus is shifting to the mundane. Of course, these things that we think are being neglected are ‘important’ yet in the scheme of things, what eternal value do they hold?

The big question is: Are you willing to take that leap of faith again? Are you willing to go the distance even if you have to stand alone and look foolish? Are you willing to grab the weapons of your warfare and race to the battleground again?

My advice, in the lyrics of the band For King & Country’s song: Fix my eyes, is:

Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You
Love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on You

This season is ending and a reward is coming. I pray you will be found faithfully doing your Master’s work.

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