Summary: To make the listener think about how dedicated he really is to serving God.
“What God Shall You Serve”
Joshua 24:14-24 (Read Aloud)
Prayer For Service
A few years ago I had the privilege of having a friend of mine come from Russia and stay with us for a couple of days. I realize that the majority of people have not been to Russia, but they do not really have a lot of worldly things to draw them away from God. In the environment and cultural that they live in, they have to depend on God everyday for food, shelter, heat, little things like hot water, basic survival. Well, he told me that after spending a month in the States that he was very concerned about the Americans. He said that we have so much that he could see where we could easily be drawn away from our day to day dependency on Christ. My question to you is, “Do you have ‘so much’ that you find it hard to keep a grip on your day to day dependency on Christ?” Or worse, have you lost that grip?
We find that throughout the Bible that people lost their dependency on the One and only true God. We find that they served different gods. We find, also, that today in many households that we are serving the wrong god.
First, we find that some serve the “god of matrerial things”
In I Timothy 6:10 we read this, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief’s.” One of many examples of this would be the lottery, gambling. The philosophy that it takes money to make money. What does God say in the Bible about gambling? Look at Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two master; for either he will hate one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Mammon refers to wealth, money or property. I am not saying that it is bad to have these things…but I think it depends on the motives that we have when we are trying to gain it. Last month or so the Power Ball was over $200 million dollars. I had some friends I work with ask me to get in a lottery pool with them. I told them thanks but no thanks. That I don’t believe in that. They said they only play $5 a week. I said…I have a different outlook on that. I feel that is taking money that could be used for God’s work. You see, as you know, God has given me several opportunities to travel to several countries. In 1995 when I traveled to Russia I had children that were refuges from the Chesynia war stealing food off my plate. I have been to other parts of Eastern Europe and the Middle East where there are people dying every day from starvation. And, lets not fool ourselves, we have the same problem right here in the United States, and closer that that we have people right here in Ballard county that are going to bed hungry. Just think, that one lottery ticket that you buy once a year could be that dose of medicine, plate of food, or buy the chemicals to clean water sources that makes a difference of life and death. Did you know that everyday almost 10,000 children under the age of 5 in Third World countries die as a result of illness contracted by the use of impure water?