Whom Do We Really Serve? — Open-Handed Living in a Tight-Fisted World

Stewardship 2013Matthew 6:24-34

We have a tendency to doubt that “no one can serve two masters.” We look at it as an overstatement. Surely I can serve God sometimes and then serve myself at other times. We have a tendency to split up our week into sacred parts and secular parts.

But studies on multitasking are finding out that people do not multitask at all. It is true in following Jesus as well. Our loyalties cannot be divided or else our motives become mixed. NO ONE can serve two masters. He will either love the one or hate the other…

Most would protest and say, No way! I don’t hate God!

But let’s take a moment. Ask yourself, Do we love those whom we use? Or do we have a quiet contempt for them?

How do we use God? Let’s be honest. Sometimes we bargain with God – “God, if you do this, then I will do that.” “If you heal me, then I will serve You.” We try to manipulate Him when we are out of work and looking for a job, we try to do more things for Him to get more blessings in our life.

What truly motivates the ministries we do? Let’s ask ourselves and ask the Holy Spirit to shine His spotlight on us.

10/13/2013 “Whom Do We Really Serve?” Sermon Audio Sermon Handout Preaching Notes Power Point

Real stewardship of our time, talents and treasure is an expression of our love and devotion and an earnestness to see His business carried out in our lives, families and communities.

God’s priorities become our priorities; God’s purposes become our purposes. We sense that events and circumstances have a God-ordained direction and we rest in them instead of fighting against them and being tormented by them. We know God will care for us, so we can look outward at how we can care for others, at how we can minister to others.

We can become open-handed toward others, toward life, toward God. Here I am Lord, my hands are open. Fill them with whatever you wish to give me and use them in whatever way you want to use them.

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