I AM DESTINED FOR GLORY
THE TRUE CHRISTIAN WORKER DESTINED FOR GLORY – PART ONE
The phrase “Christian worker” can be used to refer to a wide variety of Christians including parents, teachers, pastors, evangelists, missionaries, youth and children’s workers, church music directors, choristers, ushers, seminary and Christian college professors or anyone who ministers to others.
The basic goals of all these workers are the same just like the principles that apply to their work. Though the daily activities and mode of operation of each one may differ, such differences are relatively superficial. The core of each Christian worker’s vision and mission is the same.
A Christian worker’s character and attitude must depict God all round. A Christian worker’s character and attitude towards other people more than his talent or formal training will determine the effectiveness of his work. That will also determine how true his service is to God and how much of God’s glory he would receive and manifest in the course of dispatching his duties.
- The first thing a Christian worker destined for glory has to do is to ensure that he has genuine salvation.
As a Christian working for God it is important to ensure that you have genuinely received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour with the evidence of spiritual growth and maturity in every area of your life.
Two particular crucial things a Christian worker must do to show growth especially in the light of the Bible and the Holy Spirit are that:
- He/she must have a good grasp on the Bible teachings. This does not necessarily mean that he should be a “walking Bible encyclopaedia”, but he/she should be familiar with both the Old and New Testament, have an accurate interpretation of the Bible’s main teachings as well as an integrated view of God, man and life. That was why Apostle Paul told the young Christian worker Timothy to be “…one who correctly handles the word of truth” – II Timothy 2:15.
- He/she must practice the teachings in the Bible; live by what he knows. This is by consistently exemplifying the Christian walk by applying the Bible teachings in the power of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, Apostle Paul said to Titus another Christian worker, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good…” – Titus 2:7.
- The second thing a Christian worker destined for glory must do is to take cognizance of empathy; showing empathy in all his dealings.
Empathy should be the watch word of a Christian worker as he serves God in any department he finds himself. This should be his expected attitude as he interacts with people.
Empathy is not the same as sympathy. The difference is that while sympathy means a feeling of pity or sorrow for the suffering or distress of another person (emotional), empathy is the capacity to understand a person from that person’s point of view (intellectual) and identify with it.
For example, the Bible discusses “empathy” through the following scriptures even though the word was not directly used: “Each of you should look not only to your own interest but also to the interest of others” – Phil. 2:4. “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” – Heb. 13:3.
In order words, as a Christian worker, you must strive to identify with any individual you are guiding or trying to help by putting yourself in his/her place. Without empathy, you will not have genuine sensitivity to others or truly apply the golden rule (Matt. 7:12, Luke 6:31, I Cor. 10:24). This is because the application of the golden rule shows that one truly identifies with others. Perhaps this is one of the reasons James admonished Christian workers to be “Quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to be angry” – James 1:19.
*Listening is the first step to showing empathy.
- The third thing a Christian worker must put in place while serving God is the servant attitude.
Serving others should be a basic priority for every genuine Christian worker as this was the attitude of Jesus Christ Himself while He was on earth – Phil. 2:5-7. That was why Apostle Paul used the example of Jesus to illustrate his command: “In humility consider others better than yourselves” – Phil. 2:3.
- A Christian worker must have the attitude of a gentle guide – I Thess. 2:7, Matt. 11:29.
This is because a forceful individual often bruises and discourages people but a gentle person welcomes and encourages people. Gentleness shows deep respect for and sensitivity to each individual.
This attitude summarizes love. God loved the world so much that He gave it His only son – John 3:16.
- A Christian worker destined for glory must heed the CALL. Every Christian is responsible to evangelize to the lost and edify the saved. This is why Christian service is part of Christian living.
To sum up, there is a reward for every Christian worker who truly displays God in their service to Him by Godly character and attitude.