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Cannot Serve Both

Jesus of NazarethThose serving Jesus Christ must be prepared not only to be a new creation but also to be available to serve. Jesus stated in John 12.26, "Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me."

Saint Cyprian

Saint CyprianSaint Cyprian (200-258 AD), was the martyred third century Bishop of Carthage in North Africa and a great Christian apologist. He was born into a wealthy non-Christian family and became a lawyer and a public speaker. Later, he took the additional Christian name of Caecilius after a priest to whom he owed his conversion. He wrote, "a second birth restored me to a new man." After his baptism at age thirty five he gave away a great part of his wealth to the poor in Carthage. He witnessed that, "before I knew Christ, I did not know the possibilities of what I could become." Serving Jesus Christ and membership in the Body of Christ brings with it certain obligations. Jesus asserted in Matthew 16.24, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Serving Christ has its cost.

Dangers of Riches

Gold Coin RichesJesus taught about the dangers of riches in his service. In Luke 16.13, Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." In serving Jesus Christ, it's a clear case of either-or. Dick Francis called it "the highwayman's choice - your money or your eternal life!" He challenged us by asking what Jesus really meant by "You cannot serve both God and money."

"Serving Jesus Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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