April 1, 2014.
“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,“ and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he.Before me no god was formed,nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the Lord, “and I am God. Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?”
Who do you serve? What do you serve? Money, society, pride, lust, family, prominence, self-comfort? Let me introduce you to The Lord that I serve. The Almighty Creator who formed the universe by speaking. The God who is above all, through all and in all. I serve a God to whom one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, and I am not ashamed to worship Him. In the end, only one thing in life will truly matter, and that is who you serve. We are not our own.
These are hard words for us. We don’t like the idea of serving anything beyond ourselves. Perhaps we even thing we don’t serve anyone or anything. An honest reflection on our lives will reveal that to be false, however. We all serve something. Some serve the pursuit of riches, ever working and seeking to gain more. This is their driving force in life. Some serve popularity, never satisfied with the number of people who like them. Still others serve fame, ever looking to gain more and more publicity. All of these pursuits are futile as they will never satisfy. Man is never satisfied. There is always something missing. This is what send Solomon into apparent depression though he had anything and everything he could have ever wanted.
But let me introduce you to the One who does ultimately satisfy. The One in whom I trust to lead me through this life by his guided hand. The One in whose presence I will forever be privileged in the life beyond. There are no gods before him. There are no gods who will come after. He is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. No one can stand against him. Further, he has promised glory to any who stand with him. Hallelujah to the King of kings.
Who do you serve? A tiny god? One who will fit in your hand? One who will conform to your society and belief systems? This is not the God of the universe. This is not the God who has offered you salvation. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: There is a God who has offered salvation. There is a Savior who has sacrificed himself as the ultimate, perfect sacrifice. It is in him you should place your trust and allegiance.
Who do you serve? When you lay on your death bed and contemplate your life, what will matter? How many friends you had? How much money you made? Your success? Or will it only matter who you served, and what will happen in the life to come? It is said that there are only two things in life that are guaranteed: death and taxes. Taxes are fleeting. We prepare for most everything we do. Why would we not prepare for the one thing that is guaranteed for all?
Who do you serve?
Let me introduce you to my God.
Suggested Daily Reading: Exodus 20, Isaiah 42-44.
All for his glory.