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Summary: What does God hear you say about Him?

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Malachi 3:13-15-“Your words have been harsh against Me,” Says the Lord, “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’

You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the Lord of hosts?

So now we call the proud blessed, For those who do wickedness are raised up; They even tempt God and go free.’”

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years.

He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a

set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%.

The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor

said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that

you can hear again." The gentleman replied, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit

around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will three

times!"

What does God hear you say about Him?

What does God hear you say about serving Him?

What does God hear you say about serving others?

Most people want other people to think they have a servant’s heart, but those same people don’t want to be treated like a servant!

I am sure there are some here today, that have said, “You can’t treat me like that!”

Remember, we are serving others, but ultimately we are serving God!

We all would agree that because God has been so kind, gracious and merciful to us, that no sacrifice is to great, no service to hard, to honor and glorify the name of Christ!

Some people stop serving because they don't see any benefit.

You hear people say, “I give and I give and I don’t get anything in return!”

I been going to church and tithing, but my problems don’t go away!”

The famous one…”Good people suffer and evil people go unpunished, what good does it do to be good!” or “It doesn’t pay to be good!”

1 Corinthians 15:58-Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

There was a missionary couple who served 30 years in Africa and arrived home by ship. It so happened that there happened to be a very important diplomat on the same ship. When they arrived in New York Harbor, the bands were playing; Great crowds were cheering. The red carpet was rolled out for the diplomat. And the diplomat walked down the gang plank onto the red carpet, where he was warmly greeted and then whisked away in a shiny limousine.

The missionaries had been standing on the deck waiting for all this to transpire so they could disembark. When finally they did, there was no one to greet them, and they walked into the busy streets of New York. The man was quiet and meditative, and then he said to his wife: It doesn’t seem quite right. This diplomat gets all the attention and applause from hundreds of people. Red carpet treatment, a speech of welcome, and a limousine. And here we are after all these years of serving on the mission field . . . we arrive home and there is no one to meet us. No one to pick us up . . . no car to whisk us away. It just doesn’t seem fair. His wife was quiet for a moment, and then she put her arm around her husband, and she said: "But dear, we’re not home yet."


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