Who Do You Serve?

“No man 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” (Matthew 6:24).

A master is someone in authority or government. It can be a person, an object, or things that enslave us. A person with the ability or power to control circumstances, or a person who employs a servant or owns a slave.

 

“We live in a society where you are told that you can love the world and love Christ at the same time, but it is a lie.” – Paul Washer

IDOL WORSHIP

Exodus 20:3-5 records God saying, “You shall have no other Gods before me. You shall not make for yourself idols of anything. You shall not bow down to them or worship them.”

Worshiping idols is idolatry. An idol is anything that replaces the One True God. Idols can be made of wood, stone, or iron. Their power exists only in the minds of the worshipers.

People who worship other gods, such as a statue of Buddha, who has passed away, are idol worshipers. They are in enmity against God. Buddha is a false god who people believe has spiritual power. However, it’s the deception of evil orchestrated by satanic forces.

Baal was the sun god his name means “lord.” Different regions worshiped Baal in different ways. He was considered the most powerful of all gods, eclipsing El (El means power and might).

*According to my research, “God” (of the Bible) has seventy-two names here are four examples:

  • El, Elohim – [eloh-heem] “God” mighty, strong, and prominent (Nehemiah 9:17; Psalms 139:19). 
  • El Shaddai – [el-shah-dahy] “God Almighty” (Genesis 49-24; Psalms 132:2,5).
  • El Roi – [el-roh-ee] “God Who Sees” (Genesis 16:13).
  • El Elyon, [el-el-yohn] “Most High” (Deuteronomy 26:19).

 

The Canaanites worshiped Baal as the sun god and the storm god. He is usually depicted holding a lightning bolt. He was also worshiped as a fertility god who provided children. Baal worship was rooted in sensuality and involved ritualistic prostitution in the temples. At times, appeasing Baal required human sacrifice usually, the firstborn of the one making the sacrifice provided the sacrifice (Jere. 19:5).

“How long will you waver between two opinions?  If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing (1 Kings 18:21).

Deut. 6:14-15, Before the Hebrews entered the Promised Land, the Lord God warned them not to worship Canaan’s gods (Deut. 6:14-15), but Israel turned to idolatry anyway. During the reign of Ahab and Jezebel, at the height of Baal worship in Israel, God directly confronted paganism through His prophet Elijah.

1st Kings 18:19-40 provides an illustration of a contest on Mount Carmel. The contest is between God and his prophet Elijah, against 450 Baal prophets. The prize proves that the God who answers by fire is confirmed as the “True God.”

First, God showed that He, not Baal, controlled the rain by sending a drought that lasted 3 ½ years (1st Ki. 17:1). Then Elijah called for a showdown on Mt. Carmel to prove once and for all who the true God was. All day long, 450 prophets of Baal called on their god to send fire from heaven, an easy task for a god associated with lightning bolts, but there was no response; no one answered, and no one paid attention. (1st King 18:29). They wore themselves out trying to get the attention of a non-existing powerless deity. Elijah began taunting them after Baal didn’t respond.

 

After Baal’s prophets gave up, Elijah gathered the people as God instructed him. Then he prepared an altar, put the wood in order, cut the bull into pieces, and laid the bull (the sacrifice) on the altar. Next, he had the men fill four barrels of water and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and the wood three times.

Then he prayed a powerful prayer, and God immediately answered. The fire of the LORD fell, consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood, the stone, the dirt, and licked up the water. The fire burned up everything around the altar. The evidence was overwhelming, and the people fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD-He is GOD! The LORD He is GOD!”

OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE. THERE IS NO OTHER GOD!

 

WARNING: DO NOT WORSHIP CREATED THINGS

God is speaking through Moses to the children of Israel, “You shall not make for yourself an idol [as an object to worship], or any likeness (form, manifestation) or what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous (impassioned) God [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine], visiting (avenging) the iniquity (sin, guilt) of the fathers on the children [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers], to the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, [Is. 42:8; 48:11]; (Deuteronomy 5:8-9 Amp.).

 

THE SOLAR SYSTEM

There are people in today’s society who worship a variety of created things. For example, the heavenly bodies. This includes the worship of the sun, moon, stars, and plants. In addition, some people worship mother earth, father time, and Zodiac Signs. Personally, as a Christian, my sign is the Cross. Don’t dabble in strange doctrines. If it doesn’t point to Jesus, it’s not of God. If you have Jesus Christ, you have the ultimate goal in life.

“Why worship created things when you can worship the Creator of all things?”

 

WORSHIPING THINGS

Watching too much television hinders us from hearing God’s voice. We’re spending too much time listening to other people’s opinions and contamination our spirits with the world’s ways. How much of what we’re listening to is true? Refuse to fill your mind with other people’s thoughts which can lead to worries, doubt, and fear, these are distractions. Remember, anything that takes your attention away from spending time with God is a problem. He will not compete for your attention.

PERISHABLE THINGS

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2 NIV).

Jesus explicitly told us not to store earthly treasures. “For wherever your treasure is there, your heart will be” (Matt. 6:21). Money or mammon as a master is in opposition with God. These things hinder our capacity to hear or receive from God.

The lust for wealth is an obstacle to living a fully surrendered life. The love of things including money, jewelry, clothing, cars, fame, etc., can become idols. Spending more time thinking about things can hinder us from knowing God’s will. Therefore, all things should be forsaken when the Lord calls us to serve Him.

Having things is not a sin, but obsessing with acquiring and caring for things can consume a person. Putting other things before God displeases Him. Simply stated, this is idolatry. If we attempt to serve two masters, we will have divided loyalties, which rob us of our peace.

MY TESTIMONY

“BE LIKE THE BIRDS”

We should be like the birds. Why? Have you ever seen a bird looking worried or stressing? I haven’t.

A few years back, God took me out of my job of 21 years, and I was shocked, hurt, and confused. I had no idea what would happen next because I was injured and could not work. My life, as I once knew it, had completely changed. I always had a job since the age of 15. I didn’t know what was next for my family.

Early one morning, I was looking out of my living room window, watching the working class drive by. I remembered thinking if I had a job, I would be on my way to work. However, that position wasn’t available anymore. I felt lost, alone, and scared.

The next day I woke up, and the first thing I noticed was the sound of birds singing near my window. They were chirping away and sounded happy, joyful, and free. This was a sign and a clue for me. I thought, “Why are the birds so happy?”

This is what the Bible tells us about birds, as penned by Matthew.

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26 KJV).

According to the above Scripture, Jesus tells us that the birds of the air do not sow or reap, nor do they gather food in barns. Why not? Because God takes care of them. For this reason, every morning, bright and early, birds are perched on branches, tweeting a sweet melody. This lets us know that it’s a new day, filled with the beauty of nature that God designed specifically with us in mind.

Many of us fail to realize that the birds are singing because they enjoy the beauty surrounding them. The magnificent trees, the warmth of the sun, the sweet scent of flowers, and the worms are all provided by God. So, why do we fail to see the provisions already in place?

Birds are unconcerned about their next meal. When they see the food, they eat it! As a mother bird feeds her little ones, the same is true of Almighty God, as the “Breasted One.” He is faithful to meet our needs; (Ps. 23:1). We should never worry about tomorrow because God is already there. He goes before us and behind us. He is always with us and will never leave, forsakes, or forget us. There’s no need to worry because God has a table prepared for us. He has a purpose and provisions already prepared. Everything that we need has been accounted for. Hold on to your faith and trust in Him.

For these reasons, I’m thankful for the birds!

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Who Do You Serve?

  1. This message is exceptional. Straight forward for readers to understand without complexity. So many need to be reminded God is alive and with us. So many don’t take time to listen and hear the birds. So many are idolizing symbols and things no knowing every person has heard of God, knows about God but because of their sins they run. Knowing that God prepared for us on earth with our sins.

    Amazing Jeanine

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    1. Hello Natalie,
      Thanks for your comment. There is such uncertainty in the world right now, and it is vital that we connect with God to know the plans He has for us (Jere.29:11). Otherwise, we are walking aimlessly without a purpose or knowing God’s will. Let’s continue to pray for the lost, Sis.

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  2. Thanks Jeanie, yes God’s word is so true and enriching! Very thorough blog with old and new Testament too.
    Thanks for your testimony and your spiritual eyes on the birds, you found beauty, rest, peace and His table. I hope you received full recovery.

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