Serving Christ

Written by Stephen Kingery


One of my favorite Scriptures is found inrepparttar last chapter of Joshua, "And if it seems evil to you to serverepparttar 140978 LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. . . But as for me and my house, we will serverepparttar 140979 LORD" (Joshua 24:15) I purposefully left part of this verse out to get torepparttar 140980 heart ofrepparttar 140981 matter. Joshua was givingrepparttar 140982 Israelites a speech prior to their enteringrepparttar 140983 Promised Land. He was telling them that they could choose to serve eitherrepparttar 140984 gods ofrepparttar 140985 people who dwell inrepparttar 140986 land, or they could choose to serverepparttar 140987 Lord.

Just like Joshua andrepparttar 140988 Israelites we in America have a choice to make. Are we to serverepparttar 140989 gods of American culture cable TV, sports, pleasure, sexual immorality, drugs, politics, gambling, drinking, money, power, prestige or will we serverepparttar 140990 Lord.

Joshua andrepparttar 140991 Israelites maderepparttar 140992 correct choice, they chose to serverepparttar 140993 Lord. Unfortunately, they did not eliminaterepparttar 140994 culture ofrepparttar 140995 people whose land they conquered. The people and culture, little by little, invadedrepparttar 140996 lives and hearts ofrepparttar 140997 Israelite people. Soon they were up to their eyeballs in "serving"repparttar 140998 gods ofrepparttar 140999 people whom they conquered. Are we, as Christians in America today, falling torepparttar 141000 same fate that they did?

I would like to look at three areas where we need to be steadfast in our serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Those areas are our lives, our talents and our finances.

Serving Christ With Our Lives

First, and foremost, we need to serve Christ with our lives. Now you may say, "I am a Christian. Of course I am serving Christ with my life." But are you really? What does it mean to serve Christ with our lives?

I just imagine that all too oftenrepparttar 141001 typical Christian feels that as long as he/she attends church on Sunday morning and then tries to live a decent liferepparttar 141002 rest ofrepparttar 141003 time that they are living a life serving Christ. But this is not so! Serving Christ demands much more than this.

Serving Christ with our lives means that we will be faithful torepparttar 141004 worship services as often as it is possible for us to attend. That means that attending worship service, Sunday School, mid-week Bible Study and so forth is our first priority. Not that we will attend if something else doesn't comes up. We should plant to attend all of these occasions to worship and praise God. The only time that we should miss one of these is when we simply cannot attend!

Serving Christ with our lives means that we take Him to work with us every day. I cannot imagine having a job that I could not talk about Christ with others. I realize that often we must be selective with whom we speak of Christ for many will simply not accept any instruction in becoming a Christian. However, we should always be looking for an opportunity to tell our fellow workers about Jesus and what He means to us. Then there are those that we work with that are Christians as well. It is really great to be able to talk about Christ with those we work with and to share with each other. I am not talking about ignoring our work duties. It is important that we give our employers a good days work forrepparttar 141005 money we receive. But there are always times and opportunities to witness for Christ.

It is also important to have Christ on our minds as we work. The day seems to go so much better when I can think about Christ and what He has done for me as I go aboutrepparttar 141006 many tasks I must accomplish. I have a job where I must make decisions each day which affect people. To ask for God's guidance and trust in Him makes those decisions easier to make and uphold.

What about serving Christ during those times which are recreation in nature. I certainly do not mean to imply that when one serves Christ that he/she cannot attend sporting events, play golf, go torepparttar 141007 movies, watch TV or any number of other recreational activities. However, how we approach those activities does have an affect on our serving Christ. Do we put those things first? If so, then we are not doingrepparttar 141008 right thing. Are we selective when we chooserepparttar 141009 things we want to do for fun? Again, we must be selective if we are to serve Christ with our lives. We should not watch most ofrepparttar 141010 filth on TV andrepparttar 141011 movies. Most of it is nothing but sex and violence. Be selective. Don't watchrepparttar 141012 filth.

Seek First the Kingdom of God

Written by Stephen Kingery


In my life there has been much joy, pain, defeats, victories, and sin. Through all of this I have spent many years trying to be successful in my profession as well as a good father, husband, and member of a local congregation. I have been an officer inrepparttar church for many years and have tried to be effective in that capacity as well.

A few years ago I came torepparttar 140977 realization that no matter how successful I am at any of those things which I have mentioned above, it is all for naught if I do not have a genuine relationship with God. So I began to pray and search God's word forrepparttar 140978 answer. Jesus gave usrepparttar 140979 answer, "But seek firstrepparttar 140980 kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)

The conclusion which I arrived at, as a Christian trying to serve God and to do His will, is that we should seek God. This isrepparttar 140981 single most important thing which we, as children of God, must do to show ourselves approved of God. Paul, in his epistle torepparttar 140982 Romans says, "I Beseech you therefore, brethren, byrepparttar 140983 mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." (Romans 12:1)

Paul's admonition torepparttar 140984 Christians in Rome has a lot to do with yielding torepparttar 140985 Holy Spirit and being an instrument for God's service. But it also has a lot to do with seeking God, for he continues in verse two, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed byrepparttar 140986 renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." How can we truly be transformed unless we seek God?

What does it mean to seek God, or how does one go about seeking God? To seek, as it is used in this capacity, means to beat a common path to something. Or, in other words, to constantly seek. It doesn't mean to seek, find, and have something. It does mean to dorepparttar 140987 same thing over and over again, to constantly be seeking.

A few years ago my wife decided that she wanted a new lamp forrepparttar 140988 living room. She knew just exactly where she was going to put it, but she didn't know exactly what kind of lamp she wanted. She spent many hours over a period of several months looking for (seeking) that perfect lamp for that one spot inrepparttar 140989 living room. I heard her fretting overrepparttar 140990 fact that she could not find a lamp she liked for those several months. Then one day she came home with a lamp. She announced that she had foundrepparttar 140991 lamp she wanted, she placed it onrepparttar 140992 table, and I never heard another word about that lamp. She soughtrepparttar 140993 lamp, found it, and then had it. She probably didn't think much about it after that.

This is not what seeking God is all about. We cannot simply seek God, find Him, and then have Him. We can't put Him on a shelf somewhere and forget about Him. Paul, in his epistle torepparttar 140994 Colossians gives us some insight into what it means to seek God. He tellsrepparttar 140995 Colossians, "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting atrepparttar 140996 right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things onrepparttar 140997 earth." (Colossians 3:1,2) We need to set our minds on things above. In other words, we need to have God inrepparttar 140998 forefront of our consciousness. As we meet problems in life, or as we make decisions, we need to be asking ourselves, "What would God have me do in this situation?" We need to throw offrepparttar 140999 phoniness of "playing Christian," and be known as a person who seeks God.

There are many ways in which we seek God: through prayer, memorization of scripture, fasting, Bible study, attending worship services, communion service, listening to gospel music or taped sermons, meditating on God and His word, and sharing Christ with one another.

The book of Isaiah tells us that we should seek God while He is near, "Seekrepparttar 141000 LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near." (Isaiah 55:6) Seeking God is also exercising our faith in Him. It is impossible to please God without faith. (See Hebrews 11:6) However, for many Christians,repparttar 141001 only time they make a conscience effort to seek God is when there is trouble, when they want something, or when they expect a blessing. This is not wholeheartedly seeking God.

So why don't people seek God? The answer is spelled out for us inrepparttar 141002 fourth chapter of Deuteronomy in verses 25-28. Many of us have fallen intorepparttar 141003 same trap asrepparttar 141004 Israelites, we have set up for ourselves false gods. Some of our false gods are: money, job, family, things (cars, houses, etc.), sports, and pleasure. Do you serve any of these false gods, or perhaps others?

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