Thursday, February 7, 2008

Serving God or Serving Things?

I took a look at my personal calendar the other day and shuttered. It seems more and more things get piled onto my duties of everyday responsibilities. I could feel the Holy Spirit pose the question to me, "Are you serving things or serving God?"

You cannot serve both. Paul had fixed his eyes "on the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus," in Philippians 3:14. He served One and One alone, Jesus Christ. Consequently, Paul tells us that he learned to be content in whatever circumstances he found himself in. The word "learned" is important because it is an aquired skill. He learned how to get along with humble means and how to live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance of life, he learned the secret of being filled and of going hungry, of having plenty and of suffering need. Paul would not permit anything to matter to him except that which had eternal value. Now that is something to learn, isn't it?

What are you giving your energy to? What do you want above all else and more than anythng else in this life? What possesses you? Is it a passion for God's word or a passion for the temporal things of this world?

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