Who is Jesus for you? Have you given your whole heart and life to Him as your Lord and Master – or is He only a “sacrifice for sins” for you?
You cannot serve two masters
A person cannot serve two masters, for he will love the one and hate the other. (Matthew 6:24, NCV.) You cannot serve both God and the things of this world. People can separate their faith from the rest of their life, but then they are just “playing church” on Sundays and living for themselves the rest of the time. Do you think God would be pleased with that? Doesn’t Jesus want you to give Him your whole heart and life? Then He can come into your heart, live in you, and have fellowship with you. But when a person continues to hold on to something of this world, then Jesus cannot come in and rule on the throne of his heart.
Jesus said: “Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of heaven.” John 3:3. A young person who feels that faith is not important, is not born again. Unless we are born again, our human understanding cannot see any value in faith, or any connection between faith and our career or other interests. But when a person is born again, all things become new, including his spiritual life, and he will see life completely differently.
We only have time for the things that we make time for. Jesus said: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you.” Matthew 6:33 (MEV). When we first seek the things of the world, and not the kingdom of God, then we are serving the wrong master. God’s blessing cannot be over our earthly work when we first seek our own and not the kingdom of God.
A life with God
A life with God must come first and foremost. God will then take care of all the other parts of our life, including our career, even though it may not always work out the way we thought or hoped it would. When we are in God’s hands, everything is as it should be; our lives become blessed and useful, and we live each day in fellowship with Jesus. On the other hand, those who are lukewarm in their love for Jesus, who don’t put Jesus first in their life, will be spit out of His mouth. (Revelation 3:16, MEV.) For He cannot tolerate a divided heart.
There can certainly be many distractions in life, but it is possible to have a connection with Jesus right in the middle of them! We don’t need to wait until we get some quiet time to pray to Him. Instead, we can have a personal connection with Him, praying to Him at all times and in every situation, knowing that He lives in our hearts.
By nature, we tend to separate the different areas of our life: this is work, this is play, and whatever is left over (if anything) is my spiritual time. But Jesus wants to be a part of every area of our life: our work, our play, and everything else. Is Jesus the Lord of your life, or is He something less? He won’t accept being anything less than being Lord of Lords, and King of Kings.
Choose this day whom you will serve!