Church Membership and the Value of God's Kingdom - Part 4, Volume 5
TEXT: 2 Tim 2:20-21, 1 Cor. 3:13-15, 2 kings 4:1-2
MEMORY VERSE: Matt 26:13 – “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached IN THE WHOLE WORLD, there shall also THIS, that this woman has done, be TOLD for a MEMORIAL of her.”
To understand that members have responsibilities toward the kingdom and their pastors. For members to realise that they can go the extra mile beyond tithes and offerings in doing the work of the kingdom. To remind members that God will not be happy seeing his servants suffer and also that every labour will be rewarded.
Once upon a time, a Christian woman after listening to our mother Mama Josephine; the wife our bishop, she sent her these words! “Ah! You are a woman of God with a good reputation, so gentle in heart, a loving and caring mother. What else can I say; in fact you have it all. The Ruth of this generation; mummy more grace to you. An able teacher of the gospel, may the world hear your voice ma. Your message is so enlightening. Thank God for giving us people like you. God bless you and your family, more grace and long life”. She did this because she had been following the teachings of Mama James over the internet. Prov. 31:10-30.
Notice this; here is another person speaking, encouraging, praising and appreciating a woman who labours on others like you. How do you grade your spiritual parents and your pastors as they labour in your life? It is not easy to be a Pastor! It is not easy to lead people! Many people complain about the little department they handle, yet accuse the pastor of doing nothing in the church! Here Paul was addressing Timothy, telling him all he had gone through, and yet God deliver him. What you hear from people are complaints, while they do nothing. It is easy to preach on an altar on which another man has laboured and raised souls; but when it is your turn to win souls and raise a church you complain against your leader for being wicked. Think about this. 2 Tim 3:10-17.
SIX PRINCIPLES CHURCH MEMBERS AND LEADERS MUST LEARN FROM THE EAGLE
- Eagles fly Alone and at High Altitudes. They don't fly with sparrows, ravens, or other small birds. MEANING: Stay away from stinking MIND-SET people or narrow-minded members; those that bring you down or influence your mind with negative things about the church or the pastor. Stay away from those who always have negative reasoning about your bishop or pastor, the work of God and your liberty of serving God where you are. The Eagle flies with Eagles when necessary, but you hardly see eagles flock together. Keep good company. RELATE WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE THAT WILL INSPIRE YOU about your life, your church, your bishop and pastor and not those that will expire you. Don't listen to or join pastors' KILLERS and pastors' wellbeing HATERS. Matt. 26:7-9, Mark 14:3-5 1 Cor. 15:33, Prov. 27:17. When you see what is done for a pastor as a WASTE, your life will be WASTED like that of Judas! God forbid!!! Matt. 26:6-9.
- Eagles have an Accurate Vision. They have the ability to focus on something as far as 5 kilometres from their location. No matter the obstacles; the eagle does not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. MEANING: As a church member or leader, you must have a vision, be objective and remain focused with the vision of this ministry. Follow your bishop or pastor step by step; take care of him or her; refuse to be distracted no matter the obstacles. Have nothing to do with complainers, vision or pastors' killers and you will succeed. Numb. 13:26-33
- Eagles don’t Eat Dead things. They Feed only on Fresh Prey. MEANING: Church Members and leaders should not rely on their past success or the past success of the ministry. They must keep looking for new frontiers to conquer or new projects to achieve with their pastor. Leave your past where it belongs in the past and press forward for new things. Don't allow your yesterday’s little success stop your today's great aspirations. Determination and courage will take you to higher heights and give you greater victories. Dream Big – Achieve Big. Joshua 13:1-33.
- Eagles Love the Storm. When clouds gather, the eagle gets excited; the eagle uses the storms’ wind to lift itself higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to lift itself above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the branches and leaves of the tree. MEANING: Church members and leaders must be ready to face the challenges of new projects with their pastors knowing that these will make them emerge stronger, better and more productive than they were. They can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid to rise to greater heights. Achievers are not afraid of challenges; rather they relish them and use them profitably. So members and leaders should not be afraid of new projects no matter how great they may appear to be. Support your pastor at all times! Numbers 14:1-10, 24, 36-38.
- Eagles Prepare for Training. They remove the feathers and soft grass in the nest so that the young ones get uncomfortable in preparation for flying and eventually fly when it becomes unbearable to stay in the nest. MEANING: Church members and leaders must leave their Comfort Zone and look for new territories to establish new branches or carry out new projects; because there is no growth in stagnancy. No battle, no victory. New visions, new challenges and then new glories. Follow your pastor and overcome the challenges of the ministry. Deut. 1:3-8.
- When the Eagle Grows Old. His feathers becomes weak and cannot take him as fast and as high as it should. This makes him weak and could make him die. So he retires to a place far away in the mountains. While there, he plucks out the weak feathers on his body and breaks its beaks and claws against the rocks until he is completely bare; it takes a very bloody and painful process. Then he stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, new beaks and claws and then he comes out flying higher than before. MEANING: Church members and leaders must occasionally shed off old and bad habits no matter how difficult or painful they are. Things that burden us or add no value to our lives should be let go. NEVER GIVE UP NOR ABANDON YOUR PASTOR IN DIFFICULT TIMES! BE AN EAGLE MEMBER OR LEADER! PURSUE YOUR GOAL, THE VISION OF THE MINISTRY AND SUCCEED! Real members are like eagles; they don't flock for nonsense, or for dead things. You find them one at a time doing something great, and when they flock it is to achieve great things in the kingdom. Isaiah 40:28-31.
You cannot become what you have not desired to be. Your determination and courage strengthens your inner man to arrive to a place of dignity and honour. Many days, week and months may come and go, but if the hand of God is upon someone, nothing can stop God's plan for such a person. God is always God no matter the fiery darts of the devil. Eagles don’t die anyhow, so you will mount up with wings like eagle. Gen. 40:9-23, Gen. 41:1-57.