Serving God is more than preaching the Gospel

Sunday July 21 2019

Showing love and compassion to the needy is one

Showing love and compassion to the needy is one of the best ways to serve God. Below, staff of Monitor Publications give to the needy. PHOTOS BY RAJAB MUKOMBOZI 

By Rajab Mukombozi

Serving God is an obligation of every Christian which may not necessarily require being a preacher or starting a church as commonly perceived.
The book of Deuteronomy 11:13 says, “So then, obey the commands that I have given you today; love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart’ and, Romans 12:11, says “Work hard and do not be lazy, serve the Lord with a heart of full devotion. These and many books of the bible talks of our obligation to serve God.
Amos Mwesigwa, a religious scholar, says most Christians have not mastered the tenets of serving God and that is why you find the characters and actions Christians who go to church every Sunday, night prayers, lunch hour fellowship, altar worship, their actions speak contrary.

Positive attributes matter
Mwesigwa says God gave us different gifts to serve him and adds that unfortunately the spiritual gifts are the ones always emphasised especially through preaching.
“You can go to some churches and the gifts God gave man to serve him are not mentioned but preachers now focus on prosperity, healing and riches but cannot preach on care, love, mercy and compassion for one another,” he notes.
These gifts enable Christians to minister to others adding when these are not realised, they do not only hinder the growth of the church but the relationship with God.
“That’s why you find Christians full of hate, pride, selfishness, merciless, because they have forgotten their obligation to serve God. Christians serve God through positive attributes,” says Mwesigwa.
Galatians 5:22 which says; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Use other avenues to serve
Pastor John Atwiine, says God wants everyone in full ministry and being in his ministry does not mean being a preacher or starting a church. Pastor Atwiine cites how today a pastor starts a church and his wife is a preacher, children and other relatives are the main administrators
“Preaching starts with God’s call but if you have not received the call there are other ways to serve God not only through becoming a preacher. The kingdom of God needs people in all spheres,” he explains.
Pastor Atwiine gives an example of feeding the hungry as one of the ways of serving God.
Isaiah 58:10 says, “Feed the hungry and help those in trouble, then your light will shine out from darkness and the darkness around you will be soon light.”
He challenges believers not to be turned into observers in the Kingdom of God on grounds that they are not qualified preachers.
“Believers are missing out on God’s blessings and glory for not serving him by taking service only to mean the preachers.
Unfortunately these preachers for some reason don’t tell them the truth because some of them have established as small gods on earth and want to only be seen as those close and fit for Gods work,” adds Pastor Atwiine.
He says Gods wants us to use gifts, attributes and talents to serve him.
He quotes 1 Peter 4:10, which says “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

Pastor John Atwiine says when you accept and receive Jesus Christ as your saviour, you should start to serve God through the way you live, what you do, say, think and where you work.
Pastor He identifies some of the ways through which a Christian can serve God as Love and compassion, charity and donating to the needy, volunteering, giving tithe and offering, Care and Support.
Pastor Atwiine says the goal of every Christian should be to bring as many souls to God and that this be possible when people find your actions attractive and encouraging.