Whose servant are you? To whom are you obeying?
King Saul in the book of Samuel was instructed to destroy a city, including the people and their possessions. King Saul kept their leader alive and their best possessions. He justified his actions by claiming he would sacrifice the possessions he did not destroy.
1 Samuel 15
22 “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
Obedience is critical in serving God. Why is it critical????
16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”
These verses tell us our obedience determines whether we are God’s people. To be obedient, hearing is important. To be obedient trust is needed. To be obedient a relationship or more importantly an awareness of God as the AUTHORITY in your life needs to be present.
Reading the bible and praying helps fulfill all these criteria. God is not the author of confusion, so if you don’t know whom you’re serving, you’re NOT serving God.
” My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”
Knowing God and having a relationship with God is the best thing I have acquired in my life. I have been blessed in a myriad of ways from small to great things. I believe the distinction of the people of God is found in times of uncertainty or distress. When all is going well, even an atheist makes reference to God being good. I heard an atheist say after something good happened to them, “Maybe there is a God.” In these times of stress people are limited to their network, avenues and own strength.
The people of God are limitless because our God is limitless!! We serve him through obedience and there forth he knows us. Our distinction is not in how great our finances appear, how good we look, how perfect something in our lives might be, but simply our peace in midst of a storm, our hope in a hopeless situation, our faithfulness in spite of circumstances and our choice of obedience to live as God’s servants when the world opposes this lifestyle. Many claim to be Christians but obedience is an action word.
“Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.”
When people receive something good in their lives they usually tell people about it and hope others can enjoy it with them. This blog today, the blogging website and every blogger to participate is evidence that there is a God, he speaks and he is continuing to do great things.
” For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice,”