Sunday, 20 March 2011

Chosen for the altar series– 2

A true calling

"How do I know if this is what I really want, because it’s a huge decision and a serious one, sometimes I feel a great desire to serve God, but then other times I am not too sure?"

If these are your thoughts, then you have to prove what your true desires are, what makes you feel happy and complete.

If you are a person who has personal plans for the future, you want your own profession, to grow economically, travel, posses material goods, then the altar is not your objective.

If you miss the life you had before coming to the church, or if you miss the world and the things it offers, then this is another sign that you are not ready.

My family always went on vacations, went out on Sundays, that’s the way I was brought up, but when I was raised as an assistant, my pleasure was to be in the church, do the things of God, the trips no longer mattered for me, going on vacation to pretty places no longer attracted the smallest desire in me, I couldn’t be far from the church, and I couldn’t even think of missing a Sunday meeting. The calling from God is like this, you no longer have the desire in anything else, and your only desire is to serve.

I have been serving God for 17 years now, two years as an assistant and fifteen on the altar, and I cannot remember of a single day where I thought about or wanted to go back to my life before serving God, today I do not have vacations, my own life, but why do any of those things matter if I have the privilege to serve?

One thing is for sure, if the person does not have a true calling to serve God, then she can even want to enter into the Work of God, but she wont give spiritual fruits and will make followers of the flesh, but on the contrary those who God calls, but they try to resist their calling they can try to do everything to be happy but nothing will work, because who can escape God?

Those who are called to the altar, can’t imagine doing anything else but serving God.

Observe yourself and see if the biggest desire in your life is the altar or if the world still calls your attention and seduces you.

“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” John 12:26

20 comments:

ashley vazquez said...

I love to serve Him but also have a little part of me in the world...
What I really choose is to be with God

Marlen said...

This is very strong message, it made me think of what I really want in life and is God. Before I will think if choosing God over my own life, if it was really worth it leaving behind. Now I look and it was all worth it because like you mention in the message you can't be happy even though you may have everything except God.

Jeanette said...

I truly believe that serving God on the altar would be an honour and prviledge. If someone is truly called they won't regret the choice they made. I have spoken to some who seem like they would make a different choice if they could go back in time but there are those who truly love what they do. Point taken here is that it has to be a calling not a feeling.

Vuyo said...

Thank you Mrs Tania for these series, its really helpful. I’ve been so confused because some ladies have the desire to serve on the alter and they wait for years and years. Now I understand that it has to be a calling to have the desire alone is not enough. I can’t wait for the next message.
Thank you!

Claudia U said...

Awesome message very strong it made me understand that without God your nun thing we could go to world be out wherever we want but what's the point if you leaving God.I rather serve Lord Jesus fallow him.

Adi said...

This helps out a lot...I cant imagine myself doing anything else other than serving the Lord on the altar but after reading bishop Macedos' blog entry on the great shepherd I was left intimidated. I have no trouble letting go of the big things this world has to offer. It is the little things that I am having trouble leaving behind. I am intimidated by what's ahead but I desperately want to leave it all behind.

Pocha said...

What a wonderful blog. I did not used to want serve God and I mean as a helper. My mother is one and I just thought of all the sacrifices and felt it would be too much of me. But the Lord slowly molded me into a new being with new thoughts and I really think He has a special plan for me. I want to help others and I feel the need to deny myself of certain things, I say feel because it's not a want. The feeling comes naturally, where as a want can sometimes be selfish. The Lord is so awesome he gives us time, and won't impose anything on us. He just shows us things, opens ours eyes and our hearts. He has His chosen and no one not even that person can stop His will from happening.

Yenssy! said...

As I was reading this second part I tought about the time when i use to miss the days before i was in church. As days went by, my desire to serve God grew more and more but i wanted to space away from it, but like you said there's no scaping, so i suffered and suffered until God broke my heart of stone.

Thanks Mrs. Tania

Yenssy

Aneeka UK said...

When I think of my future, the only thing that makes sense is me serving my God on the altar. It has been my desire and as time goes on it doesn't get smaller; on the contray it grows even more. How, Why, When etc I dont know but I do know that God wants to use me on a greater level than I can even imagine. Giving up my life to serve God and others seems like a dream!
What God put no-one can take away.
Thank you Mrs Tania, I love this series.
Aneeka UK

blanca7one said...

serving God in the altar is huge decision and a serious one that I agree we should meditate on it . Once we know we want to serve God on the alta then we have to prove what is our true desires , what makes us feel happy and complete. thank for the helpful informtion on this subject is helping me alot .

Anonymous said...

This is a very serious thing!!!!
I don't think people fully understand sometimes the real meaning of serving God, of really leaving everything behind and allowing God to take full control of their lives. It's not easy to leave everything but once you have, God can call you to do anything and your assurance will always be strong.
Puleng Ngoato (Brixton uk)

Alicia said...

Thanks for sharing this. Recently a friend of mine changed her mind about serving on the Altar so I want to make sure this is what I truly want, I want to be sure of this. So far I am identifying my self with the posts, my family has reunions and do all sorts of things, but it doesn't call my attention anymore, what I want is to serve God.Thanks for the series!

Eunice Nkalankala said...

Dear Mrs Tania
Its true, “Those who are called to the altar, can’t imagine doing anything else bit serving God”.
In the year 2000, I left my country and my family to study in Namibia. I was already an assistant, I remember that I use to talk to my family every day, I use to have my own dream… until the day God called me to be on the altar, all my personal dreams died, my desire and my priority since than is to serve God.

puleng ndlovu said...

Dear Mrs tania
I am really happy to do the work of god when I am doing the work of god I am happy I feel at home,I enjoy it but when I am home I feel out because I miss the the environment of the church.it is not easy when especially we see our friends leaving the work of god but what keeps me strong is the love of the souls and that feeling when they testify about the greatens of god
With love
Puleng

Ingrid Peu said...

Dear Mrs Tania,
This is so real, my heart is exactly what I am and I cannot pretend to have a true calling without my heart's acknowledgement. My heart must always oppose the thoughts of the old life that I used to live before I come to Jesus, and my future plans must be based on how to serve my God.

Thank you

Marcia Massassa said...

Ola Dona Tania is very interesting this series, i just think of Jonas who try to run away from God but, we can not go anywhere in His eyes... i am great full to be part of this great work.

Anonymous said...

I want to serve God on the altar. I am an assistant and I want to serve God more. I do attend Monday services for my finiacial life but I don't desire my own business... I am blessed finically but God knows the true desires of my heart.

Cecilia mametse said...

Before accepting to serve on the altar,we must be sure of our dreams because if are confused not knowing what we need we will end up doing the wrong decision and once you decide whether good or bad you'll have to live if it forever

samantha said...

Yes this is a really a serious decision. Want to be on the altar is something that we would of to be sure about.

Anonymous said...

My desire is to serve God. I go to school and I can't stop thinking about church. This year is my last but I still don't know what I want because I have no desire for anything in the world. I just want to make God happy, to make him a proud father. Where do I belong?

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