Who Are You Serving?

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Watering the Tulips

02/08/2012

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” - Luke 16:13

Child of God, who are you serving today? The simple approach is to answer, “Well, I’m not involved in any pagan religion. So, I must be serving God.” However, there is one key word in this question that we need to consider – serving. Are you really serving the Lord? Are you daily taking time to converse with Him? Are you studying your Bible daily to learn more of Him? Even more, are you acting out the things that the Bible tells you that you ought to be doing? There is much more to serving the Lord than attending church.
Sadly, we live in a generation when we expect very little as far as service to the Lord is concerned. The average American is not serving God at all. Humanism is the god of our day. The service of “self” is far more widespread than the service of God. It seems many have the idea that we can serve ourselves and God at the same time. But, our text verse says this “cannot” be done. If you are serving yourself, you are not serving the Lord.
The easiest thing to do is to judge yourself by those around you. Perhaps you believe more truth than the next person. Perhaps you attend church more regularly than your neighbor. Perhaps you are not doing certain things condemned in the Bible as the next guy is. However, if we are not careful, we will be like the Pharisee who prayed, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men – extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I posses” (Luke 18:11-12). According to Jesus, this man was not justified (vs. 14). Do not judge your service by any other person. You must judge your service by the life of the perfect Example – Jesus Christ.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21). As a believer in Jesus, your goal should daily be to lay up treasures in Heaven. This is done by faithfully serving the Lord. One day, this Earth will be burned up and everything in it. Nothing you own here will be possessed eternally. However, spiritual rewards are eternal.
But, where is your heart? Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Examine your own self. Do not look to your neighbor. Examine whether you are serving yourself or the Lord. This will tell you where your heart is. Perhaps this seems like a tough standard, but these are the words of our Savior!
Child of God, be thankful today that you live in freedom where you have opportunities to serve the Lord. Whatever you do, do not take freedom for granted. We may not always have it. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to serve the Lord in this life. Serve God – not mammon.


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