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God told us to obey Him and honor our father and mother. Notice that He didn’t tell us to even obey them, but to honor them. At the beginning and end of each day what matters most to our Heavenly Father is our obedience to Him. You don’t read in the Bible where we’re supposed to be obedient to anyone else.
Someone may snatch and twist a verse where there’s talk of slaves and their masters, don’t distort that to align it with man-based laws that support the enslavement of men, women, and children like chattel.
God never intended for His children to serve, worship, and obey anyone or anything but Him. Our decisions are to be motivated by our desire to please Him, not man.
We have allowed the ‘world’ to influence our decisions, dictate to us what and whom is attractive, intelligent, gifted, and successful. We have allowed the ‘world’ to pimp us out where we even jump at the chance to sell ourselves to the highest bidder. Don’t believe me? Watch reality television shows.
Are we seeking approval and acceptance from man, from the world, from the “in crowd”, from society, or so-called friends? Or are we focused and passionate about seeking and gaining approval from our Creator?
You can’t serve man and God. Don’t confuse this statement with being a servant leader and being of service to the least of God’s children. Giving of your time and resources to help uplift the poor, voiceless, powerless, underrepresented, and hopeless–is what God intends. Pimping yourself out to the world’s power-hungry and greedy, is not.
He has given us a choice.
Father I pray to keep my eyes on You, being not concerned with the world and what others think and say about me, or even what they do to me directly or indirectly. For I know that You are omnipresent, omnipotent supreme.
I know that You are all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, and that nothing and no one can destroy You or separate me from You. I was made in Your image and likeness and You never make mistakes.
I humbly accept my role in this journey, the responsibilities that You have placed before me, and my duties as a steward of this great planet that You created. I seek only Your approval Father.
Please forgive me when I forget and align myself with the expectations of Your creations, as though their opinion matters. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. In what ways have you been struggling with trying to serve two masters? How has this struggle impacted your life?
4. In what ways can you see yourself realigning your focus and actions to be released from the stronghold that keeps you handcuffed and tormented?
5. If you can’t see how you can realign yourself, what prayer will you say today and moving forward to convey to God your desire to be free from bondage?
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