Which Work do you do in the church? Is there some work you despise and think others should do it but not you? Before I got born again, I thought some work like cleaning the house was lowly and therefore I left it to my house help. I made a mistake of carrying the same attitude to the church upon getting saved.
There is this one Sunday when I found my lady pastor and her husband cleaning the altar seats as well as sweeping the earthen floor in our village church. I didn’t find anything wrong with them doing the work, though I wondered where they had been on Saturday for they should have done it then to avoid consuming time for church service. I dismissed them as disorganized and time unconscious. Of course I could see my lady pastor feeling embarrassed that they were cleaning as the church members sat waiting for them to finish and begin the service. Little did I know that the work of cleaning the house of God was mine. I had a bachelor degree and teaching in high school; so, I couldn’t imagine that such work can be done by people of my calibre.
After feeding on the Word of God and attending a seminar( actually, God spoke to me in a dream that I should attend that seminar for it was being hosted by a different church, and there we were taught about being faithful stewards even in tough times), I became alert about serving God. This commitment was also prompted further when I started experiencing dreams of the church and it’s compound being dirty. I started cleaning it every Saturday and any time I failed to clean, I would be shown in a dream the dirty compound and that would require I wake up early on Sunday and do it before service.
When I left that church after relocating to another town, I prayed to find out in what area I should serve in the church; and again, God impressed upon me in a dream that part of the work I should do there was cleaning the church. Of course there was a lady employed to do the work but God wanted me there. The take was that I would wash the church and in turn God would show me revelations, some pertaining to the church, others personal and others concerning other individuals. After washing for one year, God showed me in a dream that it was time to pursue my masters degree; a promise He had made to me some 6 years back. Thus, doing God’s work opens for us doors of blessings that the devil has closed for along time.
I later moved to the city and this time round I didn’t want to continue washing the church because I was doing my masters at the university, therefore I thought that I should be relieved of the task. So, I didn’t ask God about it. I then had a dream where I was told that I am tired of cleaning the altar. I ignored this for sometime but when other dreams persisted on the same I had to pray for the Grace of God that I accept the task. It was impressed upon me in a dream that I am the one who washes the church thoroughly, better than anyone else. Actually, my personality is such that I am conscious of even the finest dirt and I always go out of my way to clean it, even in contexts outside the church.
Any time I wasn’t available and someone else washed the altar, God would show me in a dream some places not attended, that were dusty, and sure enough, come Sunday, I would see traces of dust in various places, and of course feel embarrassed.
When churches were closed due to the novel Covid 19 epidemic, I too decided to take a leave in washing the church altar, but then I saw in a dream, the church altar having black ant soil on the edges of the carpet, and this impressed upon me that I had to continue washing.
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
(Ephesians 4:11,12 NKJV Bible)
In short, there is a task that God wants to entrust a particular person with because God has endowed them with the right skill or God is pleased only when it’s done by that person. Some work is prestigious and can even make one a celebrity, but others are usually looked down upon but God expects us to attend them diligently without complaining.
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
(2 Timothy 2:20 NKJV Bible)
This photo of Irene was taken on Saturday, the 16th of May, 2020, during the washing of a local church altar
I challenge you to find out what work God wants you to be doing and God will not only release His grace to do it but also bless you out of it. I completed my Masters in Linguistics but I continue washing the altar of God, and God loves it that way. Sanctify yourself for God’s work even when people don’t acknowledge you, because, more importantly, God will honor you. God bless you as you search out the service God wants you to render in His kingdom.