BE CAREFUL WHICH GOD YOU SERVE


IN our world today, a myriad of people claim to serve God, but the question is: Which God?

Religious organizations seem to be at “every corner” of our streets, each one with its own beliefs and distinctive. Yet a study of God’s word will reveal that many of these groups do not serve the God of the Bible.

Rather than conforming their beliefs and their lifestyles to God’s Word and submitting their lives to God, the Almighty One who gave His Word, they make every effort to twist His words and to mold God in their own concept of who they think He is and what He is like.

For us to profit spiritually, however, we must reckon with what God says about Himself and what He requires of us. The God of the Bible is the Eternal Being, who is perfect in character, in power, wisdom, in holiness, in love and in justice. He is the Creator and the Sovereign One of the universe. He has graciously portrayed Himself in His Word, so that we are able to recognize who He is, and get to know Him through the witness of the Holy Spirit and faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Is God one who does not care whether or not we remain in our sinful state? Or, will He admit us into His holy heaven in our sin? Is He one to whom we turn only when a crisis hits-a convenient crutch? And as for our being in a right standing with Him, do we believe that as long as we do some “good deeds,” such as: attending church regularly, paying church dues, and so forth, everything is all right between us and God? These things do not make us okay with Him.

There are those also, whose religion rests in the mere hearing of God’s Word and in claiming to believe in God, yet, they fail to believe on the One whom God has sent to be our Saviour; thus being hearers of the Word, but denying God’s power to change their lives. Their minds are filled with empty notions. Much of their hopes are based on worldly prosperity and an outward profession of religion. Upon these things they venture to trust; but sadly they are like sand, too weak to bear the weight of a firm hope of heaven.

Many people who think they are serving God will someday be shocked to discover that they are not serving Him at all. Jesus says, “Not everyone that says to me, `Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). He has also stated what is the will of God for sinners.

 

Serving the Kingdom vs. the King

Some people think highly of the kingdom, but refuse to receive the King. How can that be? The God of the Bible is the only God that is. God says in Isaiah 43:10-11, “Before Me no other God was formed, nor will there be one after Me. I, even I am the Lord and apart from Me there is no Saviour.” He is our Saviour because He has devised means to save us. We need to relinquish our will to Christ’s Sovereign rule and allow Him to be the King of our lives. It is by Him that sinful human beings may be saved from sin and the punishment of eternal banishment from His presence.

How can we know that we are doing God’s will? This is what Jesus said, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me: that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40).

Now there are those who worship their fellow human beings-mere mortals who must breathe God’s oxygen and eat His food in order to remain alive. Then when these icons die, their worshippers are devastated, and surprised that their idol should die like other men. Their followers then express feelings of despair, as though their light has gone out of their lives, because they “worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forevermore” (Romans 1:25).

“There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” God invites us to seek Him through the Mediator, Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 2:5, and to worship Him. He wants us to allow Him to rule in our lives.

–V. McGrath