HOW TO BE FAITHFUL WHILE FLOURISHING

It’s easy to serve God in obscurity and want. The true test of love is if we still serve Him when we’re famous and rich. – Edith U. Ohaja

How can we ensure we do that? This post tells us how. It explains how we can remain fervent in our worship and service to God regardless of our circumstances.

HOW TO BE FAITHFUL WHILE FLOURISHING

It appears that the faith of many is dependent on their physical and material circumstances. As a result, many call on God and cling to Him when they are sick and things are hard but forget or ignore Him when they are healthy and prosperous.

We see this everyday. Many physically fit people worship their bodies as though their vitality will last forever, forgetting the God who gives them life and strength. Similarly, many rich and famous people will laugh you to scorn if you tell them of their need for a Saviour. They feel self-sufficient, revelling in pride because of their accomplishments and public adulation.

The poor, on the other hand, fill church pews and spend many hours praying (in day time and in vigils). They attend almost every church and fellowship programme, they serve tirelessly and look up to God for a breakthrough. I’m not suggesting that church activity is a very good indication of devotion to God. We may seem to be busy for God while being personally disconnected from Him. But the person so serving is obviously doing it to show his or her faithfulness to God. The sick also call on God ceaselessly and seek prayer from many sources.

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The real question is: What happens after we get the relief and elevation we seek? Do we still honour God and allow Him to pilot our lives or do we drop Him until the next crisis, health challenge or misfortune hits? (Continue reading…)

I’m grateful to Jo and Leisa for having me over at the their Penny Pinchers’ Paradise to share this. May God bless them, their families, jobs and ministry abundantly in Jesus’ name.

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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.

70 comments

  • Akuma Victor

    True, true and true… Many wealthy men have forgotten their root and provider of their wealth, some don’t even attend the normal Sunday services any longer all in the name of business trips and tight schedule, same people will be sleeping in church when things start going wrong.

    • Edith Ohaja

      We’re really not eager to apportion blames but to provide guidance to those who come by, hoping that by heeding it they will prosper both spiritually and otherwise. Bless you!

  • Agu Ginika

    The post is a reality and depicts what happens in our society as regards the way we serve God. Some are true worshippers of God, while some worship based on the situation they find themselves in and if they do not see any reason to serve him, they tend to forget that he (God) ever exists.some actually remember him when they are in need of something and the moment they get those things they cease to serve him. most wealthy people find it difficult to partake in discussions concerning God and to even engage in religious or Gods activities or even to enter the house of God to praise him, they attend the house of God only when they want to make donations and after that you will not see them again. their excuse is that they always have tight schedules concerning their source of living.
    the same thing applies to the poor in the sense that when they ask God for something and they do not get it immediately , they tend to sort for a way out in other source forgetting God. they cease to persevere in their worship of God which is an indication that their service to God is never real.But there are people who are still faithful to God in their worship.

  • Essien Anietie Archibong

    when people get wealthy sometimes they use work as an excuse, but the still have time to take care of themselves ,really a true believer should understand the source of the money and try to acknowledge God fully.

    • Edith Ohaja

      Yes, we owe God adoration and worship no matter our circumstances. Thanks a lot and remain blessed.

  • Truly, people tend to draw close to God when they are in need, but as soon as they get what they want, they become so occupied that even a song of praise to show gratitude for His blessings becomes difficult, let alone attending a fellowship in His presence. Remember the rich fool who thought he had it all forgetting that his life is in God’s hands.

  • Judith okeke

    This is where ‘Human nature’ comes in. I think what we need now is the Grace to serve God in faithfulness, not just in trials and tribulations, Also in our little period of enjoyment, fulfillment, prosperity…………. Because nothing, they say, lasts forever.

    • Edith Ohaja

      It’s a privilege to relate with God. May worldly pleasures and attainments never make us forget that in Jesus’ name.

  • Obasi Kosiso

    The veracity of this post is beyond every realm of doubt. Our attitude in worshipping God is often one-sided, in the sense that we cling to God in critical situations of life and fail to revere and worship him in truth and spirit when our pleas and needs are answered and granted. We need to restructure and reorient our attitude towards worshipping God.

  • The weeds choke out the wheat like the cares of this world strangle the wealthy spiritually. I have known far more miserable wealthy people than happy.

  • NWABUIKE ONYINYECHI GOODNESS

    Yes oooo! it’s true. Most times, we remember God when troubles arise but when it seems like the worst is past or that everything is going well, we forget about Him.
    It can be quite easy to let our material riches distract us from God and all that He does for us. We don’t really need to be so wealthy or have the flashiest cars and many mansions. No! He gives us life and provides for everything we need and for this, we must try always to remember Him in our lives by doing His will at all times, even when it’s not easy.

  • Egbo Somtochukwu Rita

    This is indeed motivational. We should remember God both in good and in bad times. We should not concentrate more on him during trials and tribulations. Nice one, MA!

  • nwokeocha precious chidubem

    i must say you’re blessed. thanks so much for discussing this topic with so much passion and grace. i am personally blessed. may God bless you richly.

  • Njoku Chiamaka Constance

    The main point I got from this post is our motive of serving God. Is it for examination success, wealth, good health, spouse, etc. If these are your motives/aims of serving or worshiping God, then I must tell you that you are worshipping the material world and not God. When all these aforementioned are already there or provided, you may cease to worship God.
    The Bible says that we should first seek the kingdom of God and every other thing will be added unto us. If one fervently serves God, all the goodies will automatically become his.

  • Seriously, we humans are so addicted to material things forgetting that God knows our mind ,some of us don’t know that before we seek for something God already knows the feedback he will get so why deceive ourselves. so it’s very simple give to God what belongs to him and get what you need as a living being ( praise and worship him for there is no one like him and not only when You are in need).

  • This is religiously educative, we should always worship God with our whole heart, he doesn’t want our food or money, no matter the circumstances, no matter how rich or poor you are, just always remember him in everything you do in this life, try to please God, not man. I love this ma, you are truly the servant of the most high.

  • ogbodo somtochukwu

    i truly agree. many people serve God because of the blessings He will bless them with and nt because its what they want…
    but we are made to serve him for this is the life duty of man: love God at all times……

  • Ogidi gift uzoma

    Hmmmmm…. … Thank u ma for this motivational post. i was really inspired. God bless you

  • IGWE JOSHUA TOCHUKWU

    Of a truth ma, sometimes people forget that faithfulness to God entails loving Him at all times and not blindly serving Him for material gains.

  • Mbagwu Henry Ugochukwu

    This post charges Christians to be fervent and faithful to God, when all is going well and not.

  • ojimadu kingsley

    as christians, we should know our father and continue to serve him in good and bad times not only when we are in need. as christians we ought to deviate from such traits.

  • ushie joana

    Serving God should be a lifestyle and not because we desperately want something from God. Thank you for this message, God bless you Ma.

  • Ugwuaneke Grace u

    It is a wonderful thing to serve God no matter the situation. It is a strong decision to make and not because of what we want from him.

  • Kat

    Thank you for helping me make this choice today ma’am: to be faithful even while flourishing, to remember that every good thing comes from the Lord who has seen it fit to bless us. I pray for a heart like king David’s and for a love that is pure and true, one that hath no season. May the vanities of this world never corrupt my heart or make me lose sight of the unadulterated joy being in His presence gives. Amen. I am positive that by God’s grace others who read this post will come to this decision too. You’re blessed, aunty.

  • Ezeh Onyekachukwu c

    Our faith should not be built on material circumstances,we should channel our faith towards God because he will provide for us according to his riches in Glory.

  • orji chidubem

    This is exactly the thing happening in a Christian’s life, when he or she has a problem, then he remembers there is God but immediately the problem is solved, he or she forgets that God exists. Thanks ma for this post, i really appreciate.

  • Ugwuaneke Grace U

    this motivates my spirit ma,it makes me to have a re-think of who i take God as,a father,a person i run to in my time of need an distress,or do i have this personal relationship with him as the one that died for my sake.all i can just say is thanks for this piece of writing.

  • Otti Uzoma Augusta

    True words! We can actually be faithful while flourishing if only we can acknowledge our maker, our creator, our provider and the whole essence of our being. If we learn to say thank you lord and do those little things that matter, we can also be faithful while flourishing. Aunty, thank you for this write up. God bless as you keep up the good work.

  • This post admonishes us to always seek God even when all things are going well or not. How would we like it if someone only comes to us when they’re in need? It’s not right and so we shouldn’t take God for granted.

  • OGBOBI BLESSING OJONOMA

    The Bible says, “do not lean on your understanding but in all thy ways acknowledge the Lord”. Do not let the things of this world make you forget your heavenly father. In every situation of our lives, we should always acknowledge Him, both in times of good and bad. Although it might seem difficult, never stop seeking God. Bless you, ma!

  • Amaobi Precious

    This is an eye opener and a reminder to us Christians. Many times, we cry out unto God for help just because we are in a tight corner. But immediately after the request has been granted, we forget the existence of God faster than the problem itself. Christians of nowadays rarely worship God truly for who He is, which is what we are required to do, what we are supposed to do. We are not meant to remember God just because we have problems that need to be solved. Nice work, Ma.

  • Nnedinso rita

    Whwn we seem to be benefiting , flourishing or prospering; we need not forget that whatever we may be , it’s only because he wills it allows it and gives us the life to enjoy it.

  • Egbo Rita Somtochukw

    This is a motivational post. We should remember God both in good and in bad times, we should not concentrate more on him during trials and tribulations.

  • Nwokolo Chidera Mirabell

    riches and prosperity should not becloud one’s sense of devotion to God.

  • Akpali Francess

    Riches should not draw one away from God

  • Tochukwu Kimgsley

    I don’t want to be physically poor and beg my bread. Neither do I want to be Stupendously rich and forget the source of my wealth. So help me God

  • This is indeed inspirational,worldly pleasures should not make us to forget the Almighty God whois the creator of all things.

  • ORJI CHIDIEBUBE PRUDENCE

    Its termed ‘normal’ when one is in need and draws so close to God and also normal when the rich and affluent draws farther. This notion needs to be changed as its sweeter serving God in riches.

  • Nwangwu Chisom

    I would just like to say that there should never be a season in your service to Almighty God whether rich or poor

  • Ewurum John

    We all know the truth. Life is filled with pretense and deceit. Even when the poor class acquire or accumulate what they want, they intercept the bond they were sharing with God initially. But most importantly, we should try as much as possible to always adjust and make fast decisions when ever we find ourselves breaking such chain.

  • uzor Victoria NKeiruka

    This is so true, many people remember God only in their times of need and when God finally blesses them, they would forget to thank him or even acknowledge him. But there are some people who always remain faithful to God even after being blessed.

  • Nwosu chinwendu favour

    Wonderful story……it is indeed important for us to call upon God without ceasing.

  • Ezekwem Gift

    Self-indulgence often plays in our lives when we fall into good times.

  • MONYE GIFT ONYINYE

    Many a times after a breakthrough, we tend to forget the one (God) who made it possible for us and that’s not a good attitude of a faithful worshipper. Am guilty of this.

  • Nwankwo Anita

    Very true ma!most at times we spend night and day in the church seeking and praying for a miracle or breakthrough but when it finally comes people feel self sufficient and even forget to appreciate God,the giver of all.

  • Anyadubalu Oluchi Maryrose

    Being faithful to Christ pays, when He gives you something try and Give Him back what you promised.Faithfulness.

  • EDEH CYNTHIA OLUOMACHI

    We should always try to be faithful whether we are flourishing or not, so many christians only run to God when they have problems and immediately the problem is solved then run away from God. We have to be consistent in worshipping God because even the bible says we should worship him in truth and in spirit.

  • Maduabuchi Ebube Deborah

    I really had a talk with someone regarding this issue,sometimes we are faithful to God because what we want to gain From him which is material thing….you will see someone that haven’t done anything to glorify God but once the person enters into one situation or the other that person will remember God instantly…… Even the ones that asked God for riches and when given to them will just forget the goodness of the lord in their life,they will just throw away their faithfulness in Christ Jesus…..who is deceiving who……..being faithful to God shouldn’t have season,we have to be having faith in God both in good and bad times and not only in our bad times…..

  • Udeobasi Ngozi B.

    Indeed, “The true test of love is if we still serve Him when we’re famous and rich”. Not when we are in need of his help. It is quite disheartening that many people forget their God immediately thy get what they want from him, whereas they were once everywhere around the church in times of need. I pray that God gives us the grace to persevere in serving him even in times of wealth and affluence.

  • EKPEMANDU DOMINICA NNEKA

    We came with nothing and we will also go with nothing. What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the lose of his soul? Let us not remember God only when we are suffering, he is our protector who also protects our wealth, whatever you have today is from him. Do not allow the earthly thing you have (money) to deceive you. Nice one ma.

  • Precious

    some actually remember him when they are in need of something and the moment they get those things they cease to serve him
    I do it sometimes but I pray for his grace in My life

  • Okorie Flora

    Many people tend to forget how they started just because they are now wealthy. They stop praying and stop going to church. They no longer have time for God and forget to acknowledge and thank him for all the blessings he showered on them

  • Ezeh Blessing

    True service is when you have it all and still acknowledged and serve God with all your heart. We all are guilty of this, when we are face with challenges we run to God, once He help us out we forget Him. It is saddening, lets make our passion for Him genuine and not conditional.

  • Ezeh Onyekachukwu c

    People only remember to worship God when they have a burden to carry, but when God lifts their burden, they forget God immediately. True religion is worshiping God both in scarcity and in abundance.

  • Amarachi Duru

    You are so right ma. There is actually a need for people to understand that to serve God should be done out of deep rooted love,fear and reverence for Him. So that, whether we get anything in the process of service to Him or not, it doesn’t marr our faith nor does it deter us from doing more in His vineyard.
    I honestly plead that there is a necessity to remain at his feet whether you are rich or poor. Whether you have made it or not. God is God and loyalty to him is the reason for our creation. Other things we gain are secondary.

  • Joseph joy

    True talk, I’m a victim of this, I pray often whenever I’m in crisis and it’s very bad as a Christian, the truth is that making out time for God brings us closer to him and it makes our faith strong in him, his love for us is unconditional

  • Onwuamaeze Ikechukwu John

    No be lie o, everything na the real truth. Even God understands this, that’s why most times He delays our blessings to still keep us abreast to Him. The wealthy ones are just too busy to give him the adoration and praises, while, the wretched, even in their busiest days will pick out time to adore and converse with Him. But, the moment blessing fall on them, sharply, they forget God. That one na till the next problem arises. We shouldn’t wait until we’ve a serious problem before running to God. Good one indeed.

  • Obeto clinton

    This is the situation which we see in our society,around us and even in how self. We sometimes find it that we return to God when we are in need but when we are enjoying we forget God, this is very bad. As try worshippers of God we should forever praise,adore and worship him because without him we are nobody, with him we are somebody.

  • IBEH CHIAMAKA JENNIFER

    This post striked a cord some where in me. This is what many Christians do nowadays. They run to God only, when they have problems. They are not committed in any way, they just want a way out of their terrible situation and once they are out of it, they forget who God is. But sometimes, i do wonder why God answers them when he knows what is up their sleeve.

  • Adiukwu Desire

    Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24). I will like to say thanks to Aunty Edith for touching this part of Christian’s life. To me, the Rich of this generation needs to be careful. It is said that absolute power corrupts absolutely and I can also say that absolute wealth corrupts absolutely and if possible destroys absolutely. It took God grace for Solomon to be saved at last. When you study the life of Job; Job was a rich man but he never allowed his riches separate him from the love of God. Another example is the Father of many nations, Abraham. I always pray to God to bless me in the capacity that will never separate me from his love. The rich man should learn to serve God through his riches. To serve God through your riches is to help the poor to become rich. We are saved to save others and also rich to make others rich too. The case of Nicodemus can interpreted this. When Jesus told him sell all you have and give to the poor. Some rich men think the are rich for their own family alone. That is the error. You are rich to make others rich.

  • Vincentia Charles chisom

    It’s so true, and I’ve been a victim of this times enumeral. God should help us to have the humility and self consciousness to understand the importance of serving him in riches and in want.

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