Wednesday, August 26, 2009

who do you serve?

Joshua 24:15 (NLT) --- But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord."

I've noticed throughout life that we have a choice of who we will serve.  Most people choose the same person to serve and have made that person famous for years and years.  That person (are you ready) ... SELF!

There is the fact that is hard to understand but is true.  If we are not serving Jesus, we are serving ourselves.  You aren't even serving Satan at that point.  Think about it for a minute.  We are either turned outward or inward.  We either see needs in other people or we don't see needs.  I learned a long time ago that we were made to serve.

Galatians 5:13 (GWT) --- You were indeed called to be free, brothers and sisters. Don't turn this freedom into an excuse for your corrupt nature to express itself. Rather, serve each other through love.

Praise God for the freedom that He has given us.  I am free because my sins are forgiven.  I'm free because of the nation that I live in of the USA.  I am free to serve and live how I want to.  BUT I am also free to live a life of significance by serving other people.

See that verse from Galatians?  Pretty simple.  Either our freedom is used to serve self or our flesh.  Or that freedom is used to allow the love of God to serve other people through us.

Yesterday I talked about leading and that leading isn't for cowards and isn't easy.  Think a bit more about being a leader (and each of us are leaders) who have things that we are stewards or managers of.  We have been blessed by God with gifts and things that we are in control of and must manage well.

1 Peter 4:10 (GWT) --- Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.

Be honest.  Who do you serve?  Yourself or God.  Are you living life turned inward on getting your needs met or lived outward in helped others be well and be successful?  How are we managing what God has given us?

It is time for each of us to declare who we will serve.  Who do you serve?

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