In the second part of our series on Identity in Jesus, Pastor John and Kelsey explore how knowing your true identity in Christ will break strongholds and cycles of sin.
(NKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
(AMP) Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah).
There has been a false belief in the Body of Christ that if you are not called into what is called the “5-fold ministry;” Apostles, Prophets, Evangelist, Pastors, Teachers, then you cannot be used by the Kingdom of God. That belief is not true. If you read the scriptures and really study it (Ephesians 4:11-16), you will find that those who are called to the 5-fold ministry actually serve the rest of The Body of Christ. Our gifts are given to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, not the other way around! Every person has been given a calling, and it may not be one of the 5. There are many callings; way too many to name. However, God only has one standard. That standard is EXCELLENCE. Excellence is not determined by man’s evaluation; judging the product, but by God’s evaluation; judging the heart. When something is done with excellence, it is evident in both the natural and the super-natural. Half-hearted effort is always apparent. You can tell when someone does something without giving it their best. However, when a person works as if they are working for Jesus and gives it their all, the fruit that they bear will always be excellent. #WHATEVER