theFword-01

I grew up in a pretty religiously moral home and growing up under such an atmosphere there were words that we were just not allowed to use under any circumstances. The s-word, The d-word, the a-word, and so on.  BUT, there was one word that we didn’t even need to be warned about and that was the F-word. The F-word was the word that would’ve not allowed me to see the next day, because my grandmother would’ve murdered me on the spot for speaking such a horrendous four letter word hahah.

There seems to be a new bad word on the scene now. I say this with great sadness, but there’s a new F-word and it’s got more than four letters. It’s a twelve letter word that this younger generation of leaders, lay leaders, and church members refuse to use anymore. It’s a word that you don’t hear too much in trainings, or embodied within our ministries. It’s a word that gifted ministers aren’t required to know anymore. What’s the word?

The word is…

…Faithfulness.

When I was growing up in church, we weren’t very bent on the giftedness of a particular preacher or singer. I can remember my pastor saying, “Son, don’t let your gifting takeIMG_0587 you somewhere that your character can’t keep you.” Oh how those words have rung true for me as a leader in full time ministry for the last 12 years. I’ve hung around, and ministered along side some of the most well-known and gifted worship leaders and preachers of our day, and I have come to realize that gifted people are incredibly easy to find. I’ve sat in small churches some backwoods churc and watched a singer get up and sing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” in such a way that it would have blown Beyonce out of the water.  You see, talent is not hard to find. Character is.

I was having a conversation with a friend today, and I was explaining to him how as a leader I will always choose the faithful person in ministry over the talented person in ministry every time. I explained to my friend this analogy; If you were building a warehouse, you would obviously need pillars strategically placed throughout the warehouse. Could you imagine if you placed 50 needed pillars up in your building, and they were all all beautifully crafted and made of marble?! Then you placed another 50 needed pillars up, and these were your basic cement style pillars, nothing glamorous at all.  Now imagine that those same beautiful marble pillars kept falling and failing, and you constantly had to replace or repair them because they wouldn’t stay in place, but the 50 cement pillar stood erect and faithful, and cost you very little in the area of replacing or repairing. Which pillars would you want? The cement ones, of course. This is because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how pretty or glamorous the pillars. What matters is that the pillars stay faithful to do what they’re called to do.

As a leader of a ministry that does work all over the world, I know the incredible need to have pillars that will stay in place. Pillars that are not high maintenance. Pillars that stay in place because it’s their call, and not a pay check. Pillars that don’t need their name highlighted or a fresh acknowledgement every two weeks. No matter what your position is in ministry, you have to begin to see yourself as a pillar. Whether you’re a janitor, pastor, usher, or worship leader, you have to see your role as vital and important.

I think one verse that encourages me to stay faithful to what I’m called to do is Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”

A lot of times, because of our human nature, we become hungry for acknowledgements or prestige. Typically those desires are rooted in our ungodly worship of man. Usually in our minds, we feel that we are serving a “person” in ministry (i.e. pastor, congregation, boss, and etc.). However, the scriptures admonish us to look to the Lord as our rewarder. He’s the one we’re really working for. I believe when that thought becomes truth for us, faithfulness becomes incredibly easy.

When we get to heaven the Father will not say, “Well done my good and FAMOUS servant.” He will say, “Well done my good and FAITHFUL servant.” I want my life to be lived in such a way that the Lord Himself will call me faithful.

Let’s make FAITHFULNESS a key in our lives and ministry once again.

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 About The Author:

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Pastor Del Augusta is the founder of Collide. He is also the founder of Mahal Foundation, which is a non-profit organization with the mission of ending systemic poverty in the Philippines.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Del lost his mother at the age of four to death and was raised by his grandmother in a Pentecostal church in San Francisco. He accepted Christ as his savior at the age of 12 and began his ministry at 14.

For the past 12 years of ministry Del’s message has been marked with a humorous yet prophetic edge. Having travelled to over 10 countries preaching the gospel, Del’s desire is to see this generation come alive to Jesus in a sustainable way. Known for abruptness, Del believes that this generation is not waiting for more Sunday morning church services where we babysit the youth while the adults do their things. Del’s dream is to see churches awaken to the call to take over the world for Jesus without apology.

 

 

3 Responses to
  1. drizzy sol
    February 10, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    needed to hear this! thanks brother.

  2. Lucrezia
    February 13, 2015 | 5:17 pm

    I don’t usually read the Collide emails but this one was really meaningful to me. I am definitely a person who looks at character and this email was a great affirmation because one can have talent and miss the mark. Thanks for sharing and I’m encouraged to “keep on keeping on”!

  3. Kat
    February 18, 2015 | 6:55 pm

    Well said! Faithfulness to adhere to the Lord calling in one’s life, whether an usher or Pastor. Amen

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