Luke 14:26 uses the strong word of “hate” when it comes to comparing our relationships with others with that of following after God. It is a strong reminder that if you have trusted Christ for your salvation that God is our Heavenly Father, and His Only Son, Jesus is our Lord. We are no longer our own, we’ve been bought with a price.
But just who is it that bought us and who has called us to serve Him? Our God created all that we see including ourselves. He has loved us with an everlasting love and He has a good plan for our lives. Unlike so many others that we serve with mixed motives, our God’s motives are pure and right. Today Sarah writes about our serving only the Master.
Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (5/3)
You cannot serve two masters. If I am truly your Master, you will desire to please Me above all others. If pleasing people is your goal, you will be enslaved to them. People can be harsh taskmasters when you give them this power over you.
If I am the Master of your life, I will also be your First Love. Your serving Me is rooted and grounded in My vast, unconditional Love for you. The lower you bow down before Me, the higher I lift you up into intimate relationship with Me. The Joy of living in My Presence outshines all other pleasures. I want you to reflect My joyous Light by living in increasing intimacy with Me.
“No one 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.” Matthew 6:24
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Revelation 2:4
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love… Ephesians 3:16-17
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Psalm 16:11