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January 30, 2016

I recently had an experience that made me reflect on why I served God. Was I serving Him because I loved Him, or was my service to acquire things? As I began to seriously, question my motives I was reminded of the story of Job.

In the story of Job, unbeknownst to him, while he was functioning in his typical manner and serving God to the best of his ability, Satan and God was having a conversation about him. In that conversation, God spoke of the virtues of Job, and Satan said, “Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.” God’s response to this accusation was to allow Satan to attack Job’s possessions and family. Satan did, but Job continued to praise God, causing Satan and God to have another conversation about Job. This time Satan said, “Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.” Once again, God allowed Satan to attack Job, but this time, Satan afflicted Job’s body. Even when his wife suggested Job curse God and die, Job refused but continued to praise God. When his friends came to see about him, and openly speculated why Job was suffering, Job continued to hold on to his faith in God. Though suffering, Job did not waver in his faith or praise.

Like Job, my desire and prayer are to be faithful to God. I honor and worship Him for who He is and for the privilege of being one of His chosen children. In the good times and the bad, I want to be found in His presence and my mouth full of praises for Him. When things appear bleak in my life, and my prayers are not being answered, I don’t want to pout, become depressed, and be missing in action. I don’t want to treat Him like a Santa Claus who the world acknowledges once a year when they want something from him. I don’t want to serve God to obtain things because I understand that as a King, He takes care of His citizens. I want Him to trust in my loyalty to Him and know I can stand the test of the enemy. Finally, I will serve Him because I am a mature believer that realizes without Him in my life, I am lost.

I pray this blog has made you stop to consider why you serve God and that you resolve in your spirit, mind, and body to serve Him every day of your life not to receive things but because He alone is worthy of your service and adoration.

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