Early this morning, I asked myself the question, "Who do I serve?" I believe it is a question we all need to ask ourselves. Exactly who do I serve?
Even as I asked the question, the answer was on the tip of my tongue. I was already to say, "I serve God, of course!" and then I stopped. That is certainly the response I ought to give but... is it true? Do I truly serve God or do I serve myself?
There is a growing trend in Christianity that greatly alarms me. It alarms me even more because I think so many Christians are oblivious to it. There is a trend to set ourselves up as ... god. Yes, I realize that is a small "g" and that was on purpose because we are NOT God, He is!
There is a popular "doctrine" which says that if we say something, God has to do it. So let me get this straight. If I ask God for a job, He will give me one. If I ask God for a raise, I'll get one. If I ask God for an expensive new car or better yet, a 10 million dollar home, I'll get one. Oh, why settle for that... I'll just ask Him to make me a billionaire or maybe...
What? Why are you staring at me like that? The Bible says that if we ask anything, He will do it, right? Right?
If you're like me, you're suddenly squirming a bit right now. This ask and receive thing might sound/look good on the surface but as the stuff starts getting bigger and bigger, you should have a growing sense that there is something not quite right about all of this.
James addresses this very issue in the first century.
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:3 (NIV)
Yes, God does hear our prayers but we must always remember who we are praying to, we must always submit our will to His. What does this mean? It means that God answers our prayers in His own way in His own time and sometimes you may not even recognize the answer when it comes.
We must be very careful of the attitude which we have toward God. He is the Lord God Almighty. He is not our servant... we are His. He is not the child, we are. I have often said, "I may be a but God is the KING" We... I... must never forget that.
In the Garden of Eden, by their actions, Adam and Eve said "Not thy will but mine..." Setting your will above God's means you are setting yourself in God's place. This may sound a bit hard but... isn't... isn't that idolatry? That's a pretty sobering thought, isn't it.
In another garden, Jesus Christ said, "Not my will but thine..." and He is our example, right?
May we always remember that God is the Master... and we are the servant. He is the Father... and we are His children.
Sister K, such demands from God is getting out of hand. I used to do that but found it was wrong to command God. Who are we to command God to give us what we want and when we want it ?
We can only tell Him our needs and leave Him to answer our prayers in His time, and in His will . Thanks for sharing.
From Hwa Silverpen
So good to read this blog! So many times I see this very thing happening, and often I have to check myself. In the past I have been guilty of praying for certain things/outcomes. In the last several months, God has opened my eyes to the fact that I should seek Him. Back in the early weeks of November 2010, as I was traveling home from a long day at work, I was praying to God. There were things, are things, that I feel like I need, things that I feel like my son needs, and while praying for and about these things, the verse in Matthew 6 came to mind:
[bible]Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.[/bible]
So, now when I pray, I always try to say, 'not my will, but thine'...
That being said, I do understand that my will isn't always God's will. And, although I pray diligently for something, it may be that it just isn't in His plan for me. But, I do believe that as long as I hold on to God, and pray His will, everything will work out just the way He intends for it to be and His directives are never wrong, and His will is always best.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs in the future!
Blessings to you and yours,