Are We Earnestly Serving God His Way?
The other day I was reading one of A. W. Tozer's books and he said:
"We may not be in earnest about our spiritual condition, but God is in dead earnest."
"Jesus was in earnest when He sweat great drops of blood in the Garden of Gethsemane."
"The Holy Spirit is in earnest when He comes to dwell in each of us."
The head of the Men's Breakfast at my church, Bro. David Eich, asked me to give a message about "Serving God". And, oh yes, the men's wives and girlfriends were invited.
I write this message because time as we know it is drawing to a close and Jesus could come any time. I do know that hard times have arrived all around the world and times will get harder to endure if Jesus delays His coming. I want everyone to be serving God, His way, so as not to be rejected by Jesus when He does come.
When I started gathering material for this message, I looked at the title and thought, "Serving God," "Serving God," do we really know how? Are we really serving God His way and according to Scripture?
Paul kept saying he was a prisoner of Jesus Christ. Eph. 3:1, 4:1, Tim. 1:8. Prisoners or bondservants have no rights.
1st Cor. 6:19-20 says,
"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN? For YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (Caps Mine)
We hear people quote the first part of this Scripture about your body being the temple of the Holy Ghost, but I don't know when I have ever heard anyone talk about not being my own or being bought with a price.
This Scripture says that our body and our spirit belong to God. And God wants to bring each and every Christian to a place where they are His true sons and daughters (See Hebrews 12:5-8) and serving Him with love and respect.
Again in 1st Cor. 7:23 says,
"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
We should all be, not only sons and daughters, but slaves of righteousness for we are bought with the blood of Jesus. Since we are bought with that precious blood our allegiance should not be to men but to God.
God wants to bring each and every Christian to a place where they are not only sons and daughters, but true servants....serving Him...His way. Perhaps most of us have never thought about being a servant to God. How do we serve a God that is so wonderful, so powerful? One that has created all things? One that is invisible?
Well, let's talk about that.
First of all servant means one who exerts himself or herself for the benefit of another, his or her master. To exert oneself means to strive, struggle, or spare no effort. We are to spare no effort to SERVE GOD, HIS WAY.
It is a serious sin to reject God.....and that is what we do when we don't SERVE HIM, HIS WAY. God is constantly working to get us to surrender totally and we say, "NO, I WANT TO DO THINGS MY WAY." If we don't say it we act like it by going about doing our own thing how we want and when we want.
Let's talk about sin for a minute......
Sin is more than being immoral, it's more than doing what we consider bad, it's more than going to church every Sunday and saying, "I'm okay with God"..... Are you? Sin is leaning toward our way instead of God's way.
That's what Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden....they rejected God by disobeying Him and doing things their way. When they ate of the forbidden fruit Eve saw that it was...What?
1. GOOD FOR FOOD...2. PLEASANT TO THE EYE...3. MAKE ONE WISE. (Gen. 3)
The New Testament says it this way,
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, THE LUST OF THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1st John 2:15-16)
Adam and Eve were forced to leave the Garden of Eden for wanting to do things their way. Do we think we will enter heaven while doing the same thing? I know Jesus is our Savior but Scripture presents certain commands we must abide by. The most important two commands are below.
Mark 12:30-31 says,
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
God is seeking a people that will place Him first in their lives. God is searching and searching for Christians that really desire Him to be in control of their lives....that is serving God....His way.
To serve God as He wants is to....
Set our face like a flint toward Him (Isaiah 50;7). That means the Holy Spirit will search our minds, hearts and purposes and allows God to see all the wrong, and the self-seeking that is there.
2. Are our songs all "about God" and not "to God"?
3. Do we seek to be honest with God?
4. Do we reject Jesus by neglecting Him?
5. Are we lukewarm Christians?
Perhaps we are lukewarm Christians and perhaps we do neglect Jesus. If Jesus is not #1 in our lives it just may be we are guilty of these things.
Again and again we seem to come right up to what Jesus wants, and every time we seem to turn back at the true point of testing, until we are determined to abandon ourselves to God in total surrender.
When God is in control of our lives, whatever comes against us must go through the Throne room and get permission. I believe that with all my heart. We are committing our lives to God and His Word....Isn't that enough? Jesus is always faithful to fulfill His Word.
I wish for you a life of praise to the God of your salvation
God Bless You!
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