November 29, 2020
It Depends on Us
In part one yesterday, we focused on how our actions depend on God. We may act respectfully and characteristically of God because we love Him so much. We are His servants, although we are treated like His children. We obey our Master, Father…if we choose Him, that is. We may choose God and righteousness or the enemy and our world’s gods. The choice is ours.
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24 NIV
It is just not possible to serve two masters. Whatever master we choose, we will draw closer to and emulate. Others will be able to tell who we serve by what we do the most. Do they see us hate, turn away from, listen to, turn towards, help, pray for others? Do they see us being loving or selfish, kind or unkind? We shoulder both the responsibility and the privilege of deciding who we want to look like….Jesus or the world. Here’s a couple verses that can guide our actions:
He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30 ESV
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
As Your child and as Your servant, I am happy to serve You. I don’t always make the best choices on my own, however. I need Your wisdom and guidance every single day of my life. Thank You for loving me so much that I see how to love others, with grace that forgives. Thank You for Your constant presence in the Holy Spirit that coaches me to obey You more and better. I love You! Amen.
Friends, this was the hardest devotion to get down on paper. I think it is because we DO have so many choices, and the important choices we make either move us a step toward God or away from God. It is all up to us but it is not about us. It’s all about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit and doing their will.
Love and prayers to all!