Work for God, don’t to make a name for yourself.

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” Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” – Colossians 3:23 NIV

The President has bemoaned what he considers as an unfortunate posture of many towards the privilege of serving in various leadership capacities in the Church. He said that most people seek to use leadership opportunities to make a name for themselves.

He said this as part of many counsels he gave members of the various National Committees at their inauguration on 13th April 2024 at Fafraha.

“I did this…I did that; this happened during my tenure…; I was the one who brought this and that…; they were lucky I was in charge then…; had it not been me…I’m the only one who can help them; they cannot do it without me…”etc. These are the common phrases from these “name-seeking” leaders.

The president decried the situation where people are so obsessed with pushing themselves to the front lines, in the limelight, seeking attention and popularity,  and seeking to be acknowledged for everything that happens during their tenure of office; even to the utter disregard for God and the contributions of others. At best, they hypocritically garnish their selfish quest with a “by God’s grace” tag when in fact they know it is their selves they want to project.

This certainly comes at a huge cost of backbiting others, neglecting others, and even denigrating others. They may want to get certain things done at all costs; just so they can be credited with them or have their names on them,  even when it’s not in the best interest or benefit of the entire group. This posture often discourages teamwork and consensus building. It sometimes leads to misapplication of corporate funds. That quest for “self-glory” is a chasing after the wind because no man has any glory outside of God.

He advised members to acknowledge and promote God in their dealings rather than themselves. He emphasized that God is the SOURCE, OWNER, and BUILDER of His Church. He gives grace to men to do His will in His Church. On our own, no man has anything. Like Apostle Paul said: “our sufficiency is of God “- 2 Corinthians 3:5. When working diligently for Him and glorifying Him becomes our pursuit; honoring us also becomes His delight and natural response.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”- 1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV.

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