While ministering in North Carolina, I was the speaker at a service where the church was honoring four associate ministers who had been a part of the church for 10 to 17 years. As I listened to the testimonies of their faithfulness without any pay or formal recognition until now, I was overwhelmed by these four honorees.
The atmosphere of the church world today involves everything for hire, from the janitor to the drummer. Everyone wants pay and many fit within the category of desiring filthy lucre along with many pastors. Oh yes, having been in the ministry for 37 years I am aware that the "servant is worthy of his hire," but I am also aware that we lack a lot of true "servants." Many singers, workers, and even preachers pimp the church for their resources like some kind of street game, or extra hustle.
I was so delighted to hear the testimony of of faithfulness in this church and evidently so was the Lord, because He directed me to abandon my prepared notes and preach from my heart. I preached about the importance of being a faithful steward (trustee) in partnership and union with the Lord in ministry and service, for in all our service and gifts we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. It was a purposeful flow of the Word and move of God's presence, especially with having living object lessons present in these four associate ministers.
May God restore to the House of the Lord faithful men and women who will be able to teach others.
Causes Jefferson Edwards, Jr. Supports
Freedom Christian Center Church
Martin Luther King Memorial