Know the God you serve

The News (New Glasgow) - - FAITH & COMMUNITY - Mike Shin­druk Mike Shin­druk, Master’s Hand Min­istry

Last Sun­day, dur­ing our com­mu­nion time, we were en­cour­aged to get to know the God we serve.

This one state­ment res­onated with me and stirred my thought process. In nu­mer­ous ser­mons, I have also heard that we can­not serve two mas­ters. Matthew 6:24 NCV: “No one can serve two mas­ters. The per­son will hate one master and love the other, or will fol­low one master and refuse to fol­low the other. You can­not serve both God and worldly riches.”

As I rolled this in my head, I could see clearly how any of us can be­come trapped. We are in the world, yet try­ing to not be of the world. Our daily ex­is­tence de­pends on work­ing for a liv­ing, in or­der to pro­vide for our­selves and our fam­i­lies.

Try­ing to serve God and en­joy the good things in this life can get com­pli­cated. There are those whose mas­ters they are slave to be­come money, rather the lust of money, pos­ses­sions, in­flu­ence and power, or even lo­cal fame and no­to­ri­ety. There are peo­ple who work to build a port­fo­lio, rather than a life. In do­ing so, they miss a fam­ily grow­ing up or a cir­cle of friends who drift away. There are oth­ers who place more value on cars and real es­tate than on love and re­la­tion­ships. They will go from be­ing 20 and able to 60 and dis­abled in the blink of an eye. Then what?

There must be bal­ance es­tab­lished in our lives. There is noth­ing wrong with nice things, as we earn what we can to en­joy life. What is be­ing for­got­ten a lot these days is that es­tab­lish­ing a re­la­tion­ship with God, and in­vest­ing time in get­ting to know Him, is equally im­por­tant. When we do this, we en­ter into a call­ing of serv­ing Him. Like any job, we start at the bot­tom and we work our way up. The more we learn, the bet­ter we do. The bet­ter we do, the more we be­come se­cure in know­ing the true master we serve.

We have all heard that money is the root of all evil. This is not cor­rect. The love of money is the root of all evil. There is a dif­fer­ence.

When a health scare or chal­lenge comes upon us, all the pos­ses­sions in the world won’t help. Yet, if we have a gen­uine faith walk with God, our true master, then His peace will en­ve­lope us like the warm blan­ket it is. The re­ward for serv­ing our one true master is peace, His peace. So, I en­cour­age you to spend some time get­ting to know the God we serve. It will be time well spent, it costs noth­ing, yet the re­ward is price­less.

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