This is a question that many people have a problem even talking about. The very idea of serving brings with it all kinds of undesirable connotations. The biggest reason for this is tied to our natural desire for authority over our own life. “No body’s going to tell me what to do!” or “I am going to handle it my way!” We actually think we have the power to control our own lives. Ok, maybe no Christian will come out and say that, but they relay that message with their speech and actions.
If asked, I am sure that most believers will say that God is in control of their life. They feel that by asking for his direction automatically means that he is leading you. This is not the case. While God desires to lead every one of his children, he never forces his will on them. He is willing to lead anyone that has a heart for him. Therein lays the problem. Is our heart really his?
In Romans, Paul spends two or three chapters discussing this very topic. He lays out the battle that exists in every believer for authority over their life. The battle is between the fleshly Spirit and the Holy Spirit. Basically, he says that the flesh represents everything that is against God, and the Spirit represents everything that is for God. These two Spirits are manifested by our actions.
Our actions prove which Spirit is winning out inside of us. Paul says that we are slaves to one of these Spirits. There is never a question about not being a slave. There is only a question as to which one. This is important because many people thing that just because they are not bad it automatically makes them good. That is directly against the teachings of the Bible. In fact, the Bible speaks in many places about this being just another illusion of the devil to keep people from following God.
The point is, no matter how much we think we can try to get around the whole giving God FULL authority of our life, we can’t. Paul makes it a straight forward, black and white choice. Either you serve your flesh and are consumed by what you can get out of life, or you serve God and are focused on how you can use every resource you have to increase his kingdom. There is no third choice.
Lastly, I want to point out that Paul does not lump Satan in with what can have authority over us. This is because Satan has never, and will never have any real authority over anything. He gets way too much credit for the problems in the world. The proof of this is when he is bound for a thousand years and things still go wrong. I do believe that Satan is real and is at work today, but I also know that he is defeated. The kicker is he knows it too. Satan would rather you fight him all the way to Hell, then realize who the real enemy is; YOURSELF.
If you start living for God on purpose, rather than trying to as a byproduct of not doing bad it will change the way you thing about being a servant. You will begin actually enjoying your servant hood to God and this will bring the peace of God that passes all understanding.
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