Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And all that is within me,   
bless His holy name.   
Bless the Lord, O my soul,   
And forget none of His benefits.   
- Psalms 103:1-2   
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Serve God And Worry Not

Jesus said in Matt. 6:24, "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."  He is making the point that our aim should and must be total devotion to serving God and not seeking to please our fleshly desires.  Everything we do in life must be done with that in mind.  In each and every aspect of our lives we should be asking ourselves the question, 'Is this thing I'm doing bringing glory to God or does it bring shame.'  Is our attitude, behavior, morality, and ethical behavior what it should be in the workplace?  In our homelife, do we treat our family members the way God would have us to?  Are we following the pattern for the home as God designed it?  Do we show proper respect for those in positions of authority?  Are we serving God in worship the way we ought to?  Do we prepare ourselves each week to bring our best to the worship service in order to glorify God and edify our brothers and sisters?  Do we forsake times of assembly?  What about our relationships with mankind in general?  Gal. 6:10 says, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith."  Do we take advantage of the opportunities we have to do good? 


          These are just a few questions we can ask ourselves to get an honest answer to the question of whether or not we are serving God or serving self?  There are no doubt many other aspects of life one could examine to help in this answer as well.  We are promised that if we'll do these things, if we seek God first then we don't have to worry.  Consider Christ's words in Matt. 6:31-33, "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' Or 'What shall we drink?' Or 'What shall we wear?' "  (32) For after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."  God has provided mankind everything needed to survive both physically and spiritually.  Matthew chapter 6 verses 26 through 30 speaks about how God cares for the birds of the air (animal kingdom), how He cares for the lilies of the field (plant world).  If God shows such great care for these things, which we know he does, then consider verse 26 "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet you heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?"  Also consider verse 30, "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?" 


          God has provided us all things necessary for physical well-being, He has provided us all things necessary for our spiritual well-being as well.  He sent His son to die on the cross for the remission of our sins so that we may be reconciled unto Him.  He has given us His Holy Word in the Bible that give us all instruction for knowing and following His will for us.  Our responsibility is to seek Him first in all matters.  We are to follow Christ command in Matt 6:19-20, seeking to lay up treasures in heaven and not here on earth.  Knowing that treasure in heaven is eternal and worth more than all the riches this world can offer.


- Garrett Alsip