One God and only one God! Wednesday August 28th, 2002
Jesus said: No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke 16:13)
The Lord had one Apostle that He loved more than the others, that Apostle is of course the Apostle John. In John one chapter two, John put it this way: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Now let's look a little more closely at what both the Lord and His Apostle John had to say:
First the Lord. The Lord tells us in both Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13: That no one can serve two opposite entities. He tells us that we can not at the same time serve God the Creator and satan the destroyer. Jesus explains it by telling us that we will either love one or the other, but that it is impossible to love both at the same time. John then expanded upon what the Lord said by telling us: That we are not to love the things of this world, not only the things of, but the things in this world as well. John is telling us not to fall in love with the beauty of this planet, nor to become to attached to the things available here, such as cars, television, homes, the things bought with money.
John goes on telling us that if we fall in love with this planet and the things it has to offer, the love of God the Creator is not in us, in other words, if you put the things of this world to high in your priority list, you are not in love with God the Creator, nor do you have the love of God the Creator in you. Now think for a minute, the Lord said you will serve one or the other. Jesus didn't put a third choice out there, He said, "... for either he will hate the one, and love the other; ..." You will either love God and hate satan or you will hate God and love satan.
John goes on and explains a bit more by telling us what to look out for; "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." John is warning us to stay clear of "lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes" is that simply lusting for other men and or women? No, it is both lust for the flesh and of things for the flesh, such as clothes, homes, cars, expensive plastic surgery, etc. And "and the pride of life" are you to proud of your accomplishments, are you to proud of your family, your home, your car, your 401k, your savings account, or what have you? Let me give you something to think about:
And Jesus spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, "What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?" And he said, "This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry'".
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee! Then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
When you put the things of this world ahead of your devotion to God, you are serving satan, and despising God the Creator. Your storing up things of this world, but you will not live for ever. And you don't know when God is going to decide to end your life.
Now, let's go back to the last sentence of John: "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.." The world and the things of the world are going to pass away, as is your life. The things of this world will rot, rust, and just fall apart from age. And for those that don't, well at the end of the seven years of tribulation, God literary destroys everything that's left. So, the world and the things of the world will pass away, but look at what else John tells us: " but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." If you belong to Jesus and not satan you will abide forever.
I'm only going to ask you one more question, and that is: What have you done for God this week?
The Lord Jesus, the Christ, be with you and may He help you to choose Him, to serve Him and to put Him first.
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