“No servant can serve two masters.
Either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Money.”
So far we have looked at our new identity and relationship with God in three ways – as His daughter or son, as His friend and as His temple. Each one is true but they need to be held in balance with the fact that God is the Almighty God and Jesus, whilst being our Saviour, is still our Lord. Therefore apart from any other privilege and calling we are still called to serve.
This is made clear in a number of ways. Firstly Jesus still uses the term command when referring to some of His teachings. He requires of His followers that they obey them and uses our obedience as a sign of our love. Then there is the undoubted directive in the Great Commission which is clearly meant for everyone. Finally the prayer that He taught us affirms our submission to God’s will and Jesus Himself modelled this in the Garden of Gethsemane when He agonised over the way forward.
James teaches us that faith without works is dead, and Paul still urges his readers,
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
As Christ Himself modelled so we should follow in His steps,
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:6-7)
Have I accepted the privileges of my salvation – and the obligations that come with them?
Lord please help me to live in love with You as my Father, my Saviour, my Comforter and my God. Amen