By Larry Sitz Kedron Church of Christ

Are we serving God, or Satan? Some will undoubtedly admit that they are not doing all that God has commanded, but will also profess that they are definitely not serving Satan. After all they are good people, they would do their neighbors no harm, and they help whenever they are asked. This is a very commendable way to live, as it makes one feel much better about themselves, and every Christian should emulate this behavior in their daily lives. Serving God is not simply being a good and honest person, for God demands so much more of those who love and serve Him. Jesus tells us, "No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. "Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13, Matt. 6:24). James chapter 3 gives us another good example of how good and evil cannot mix. "Doth a spring send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter water?" If one mixes worldly things with the things of God, only corruption, or bitter water will result. While one may not think of themselves as servants of Satan, if they are not serving God, then by default, they are servants of Satan. God has given us many "must do" things that are not to be compromised by Satan.

When the Lord appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus and struck him blind, it immediately made a believer of him, but that alone did not save him there on the road. Saul trembling, and astonished said, "Lord, what will thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, arise and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou "must" do" (Acts 9:3-6). The Lord didn't say to Saul, "I'm going to suggest some things that you should do, or that you might ought to do", He commanded him to hear the things that he "must" do. We all know the rest of the story of how God sent Ananias to tell Saul exactly what he "must" do. "And now why do you tarry? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16). From this one passage we can emphatically deduct that, baptism to wash away our sins, is a "must do" requirement of God, with no other alternatives.

God is not lax about telling us what things He requires of us, as well as the things we are to refrain from doing. God clearly and concisely told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree in the midst of the garden, or they would surely die. God says what He means, and means what He says. Leviticus chapter 10 is a perfect illustration of this. "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord." When the Lord gives us a command, we had better take heed, because it is not a suggestion, He definitely means it.

Every one living has the choice to choose if he or she will follow Satan, or follow the Lord. Joshua 24:15 says it all. "Choose you this day who you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Who will you choose to serve, the Satan of this world, or the almighty God of heaven? Why not make that choice today, before it is eternally too late?

Brother Richard Sitz speaks for us on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of excellent guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the "Good News" of God's Holy Word.