Diane Epling

Who Do You Serve?

Diane Epling

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There comes a point in our walks with God that we must take a good hard look at our behaviors and ask ourselves: Who do we serve? I agree that most of the time, we should be focused on what we SHOULD do and not on what we SHOULDN’T do. In doing this, we don’t become so overwhelmed that we lose sight of the fact that it isn’t what we do FOR God but what we allow Him to do through us. Thank goodness God’s grace is so amazing that it covers our shortcomings as we learn to surrender more and more of ourselves in our ever-growing and deepening relationship with our Father. However, in everyone’s walk, there comes a time when the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts and convicts us of one thing and another. This can be a time of reckoning. 

God clearly teaches us in Scripture. Matthew 6:24-26 says 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. Although it states money as one’s master, our worldly master might be fame, position, power, or even the person we love. A worldly master refers to anything or anyone who separates us from God. I remember one evening sitting down to watch a television program when suddenly I was convicted by the Holy Spirit. I had to ask myself, Diane, is this the program God would have you watch? Keep in mind, this was a program I enjoyed and had watched many times, but suddenly, God pointed out to me that its subject matter was not acceptable in His sight. I had a choice to make! Do I question whether it was really God convicting me and continue to watch what seemed like a harmless program? Or do I put my trust in God and obey His Holy Spirit?

I questioned the validity of that conviction because I really wanted to watch the program, but in my heart, I knew the truth. I had developed an intimate relationship with God. I knew His voice—His instruction. If God could give His son for my sins, I could certainly give up a program on television. So, I chose obedience. Let me tell you what I know without a shadow of a doubt. God blesses those who choose obedience—who serve only Him. What about you? If you are experiencing the consequences of trying to serve two masters, God’s letting you know that it’s time to choose. God’s promise to those who are obedient can be found in Psalm 128: 1-2 NIV, when he says, Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to Him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God’s grace allows us to make mistakes and that He is waiting to pour forth His blessings upon us when we completely surrender to His will?

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