STEADFASTNESS

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THE URGENCY FOR STEADFASTNESS IN SERVICE

Ima Nkanta

To succeed in any undertaking for the Lord, steadfastness is a master key.

 1 Cor 15:58:  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 

What is steadfastness?

  • Resoluteness
  • Firmness
  • Commitment (to carry out assigned responsibilities without complaining/excuses)
  • Determination (to succeed against all odds)
  • Loyalty
  • Faithfulness
  • Consistency

 

Who should be steadfast?

All believers; particularly anyone who has a responsibility to discharge (for the Lord or the Kingdom, church, family, fellowship, business, etc.) Luke 12:48

 

A point of note:

Anytime you’re obliged to carry out a duty or task, responsibility has been entrusted to you;   you’re under a divine or corporate mandate to discharge those responsibilities in line with the principles of best practice as outlined in the scriptures. It is like making a vow…

  • Responsibility is:

“Doing the thing that ought to be done

When it ought to be done,

As it ought to be done,

Whether I like to do it or not.”

 - Barrack Obama

Responsibility is also accountability

 

In the church or fellowship, responsibilities are spread across the following ministries:

  • Prayer and the Word
  • Choir
  • Ushering
  • Finance
  • Security/Protocol
  • Follow up / Guests
  • Maintenance/Musical/Equipment
  • Natural groups:
  1. Women fellowship
  2. Youths
  3. Children
  4. Welfare
  • Media / PR
  • Evangelism /Outreaches
  • Corporate services

Can you locate your place in the above? If yes, how well do you discharge your responsibilities?  Or are you bugged down by excuses? Failure to carry out your assigned responsibility puts all at risk.

 

The risks are enormous; not limiting to:

  • Resentment: failure to carry out your responsibility will earn you bitterness ( against yourself and others; blaming others, becoming envious and critical (Matt 25:24-25)
  • Loss of your place of assignment/ doom: (Matt 25:26-30, Acts 1:20)

 

Why becoming un-steadfast in service

  • Poor understanding of Ministry’s vision (1 Sam 15:9)
  • Discontent due to wrong assumptions about Ministry (2Tim 4:10)
  • Indulgence (Gal 5: 1, Mark 4:19)
  • Poor self-management (Pro 4:10)
  • Poor relationship management (2Thess 3:11, 1Tim 5:13)

 

To be steadfast, engage the following, and more:

  • Set goal(s) in line with corporate vision (2 Kings 6:1-2)
  • Share your vision/goals, talk about it; go for it ( Gen 37:5-7)
  • Avoid vision killers (procrastination, slothfulness, distractions, multi-tasks, etc.) Rom 12:11
  • Pray always (enhances clarity of vision, boots your confidence, lights initiatives)
  • Encourage yourself (see the joy of accomplishment) Hebrews 12:2
  • Dream again (Gen 37:9)
  • Love the brotherhood (Rom 12:10, 1 Peter 2:17)
  • Have the right perspective on things (Phi 4:8)

Conclusion

I hear the Voice of the Spirit demanding for URGENCY of steadfastness from all of us.

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Rev 3:11

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