Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Author: Bishop Julius Okarike

Verse Of The Day: But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. Galatians 4:18

LISTEN: What is eyeservice? The dictionary defined eye service as work or service done only when the employer is watching: it is service performed only under inspection, or the eye of an employer. In one way or the other, everyone is engaged with some work or responsibility; that is, employed to perform for someone certain duty, or duties as the case may be. Looking at this definition, are we all not guilty of eyeservice? Beloved, have you considered your service to your employer, boss, organisation, church leaders, etc.

Eyeservice, is today a widespread practice that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society and the world at large. It is a practice that has undermined our values and has made good people to be seen as bad, and bad people projected as good people. Eyeservice is everywhere – in the government, churches, organisations, etc. Sincere service is rarely noticed or regarded today because, those who do eyeservice has presented themselves before their employers, bosses, etc., as real. With their pretence, they deceive the people to believe that they are real when they are not.

A greater percentage of people serving in one way or the other today are involved in eyeservice. They are not serving for the joy of service, or because it is their responsibility; but they are serving for recognition and praise. They serve just to be noticed by their employers, bosses, etc. Sadly, this bad lifestyle of eyeservice is equally practised by believers in Christ. Today, a lot of pastors under various General Overseers had long ceased to support the welfare of fellow pastors because, they are busy working their way selfishly into the hearts of their overseers with eyeservice. They strive selfishly to outshine other pastors.

Beloved, children of God are not supposed to engage in eyeservice. We are to serve sincerely as serving the Lord. In whatever capacity or level we are called to serve, we should render our services to our employers, bosses, leaders, or the people with the whole of our hearts. Apostle Paul in our verse of the day, warned the Galatians against eyeservice. The Bible says, ” But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.”(Galatians 4:18). He encouraged them to serve well and faithfully even when no one is watching them.

Similarly, the Bible says, “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever all of you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord all of you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for all of you serve the Lord Christ.”(Colossians 3 : 22 – 24). Beloved, are you serving an organisation? or perhaps a church? Serve well, not just for the pay, but as obeying God. Remember, we shall all give account of our services to God.

Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Avoid eyeservice, for it will both affect your overall performance and job.
2. Always remember that eyeservice is bad because it will hide who you really are, and project a different you.
3. Do not serve just to please people, rather serve to please God no matter what.
4. Never make recognition and praise your motives for serving, rather serve in obedience to God who will cause you to be praised and recognised in due time.

Daily Task: Do not serve just to be noticed by your employer, boss, etc., rather serve for the joy of service, and to the glory of God.

Daily Reflection: He who renders eyeservice instead of serving sincerely and faithfully is only demonstrating his fake life and insincerity.

Daily Prayer: Almighty God, thanks for a beautiful day. I ask that you help me to serve faithfully in any capacity. Help me to overcome the temptation to eyeservice, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God give you the heart to serve faithfully. May you serve without eyeservice, and may your reward not fail, in Jesus’ name.