April 19, 2018
Galatians 1:10… For, am I now seeking the approval of man or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
This speaks to the ground floor of life. Before we make any decisions right or wrong, this must be established. If one lives to serve man, he will not make wise decisions. Jesus said it like this:
Matthew 6:24… No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and mammon.
These words from Jesus, followed this…
6:22-23… The eye is the lamp of the body. So if your eye is healthy your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Our life in Christ begins at a basic level. It is not just making good decisions on a daily basis. At our Bible discussion Group last night, we discussed the importance of being changed from the inside out. If you wash the outside of a cup, you can make it look good to anyone who sees it, but if it is still dirty on the inside it is of no value as a cup. It is merely a decoration. As a decoration we can please man; but, God looks at the whole person and wants to see functionality. If we are interested in the approval of men, we can get it quicker by cleaning the outside of who we are. Wanting the approval of God, we will not be content to just clean the obvious. He looks first at the heart and sees what is there in relationship to what is on the outside. He sees whether or not we are integrated or divided in our intentions. God says we can only serve one master. That is so contrary to multitasking. The ability to multitask is a business essentiality.
God knew this was coming. Man became enamored with accomplishments. When a man accomplishes much in his lifetime, he will likely experience success. God s[ole to this early in our relationship with Him… “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, soul, mind, and strength.”