But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will take nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused. – 2 Kings 5:16
Do you serve the Lord?
Is it for the money? I seriously doubt it!
How about the glory? Yeah, right.
Maybe it is for all the side benefits and blessings. Again, I don’t think so, but at least this may be closer to the truth than the other reasons above.
I’m sure you have your reasons, but why did Elisha serve the Lord? Apparently, the old prophet of God didn’t do it for the remuneration. He was offered a substantial gift from Naaman (after God had healed the Assyrian chief), but Elisha flatly refused to accept any payment for his healing services.
Hmmm, it seems that of all the reasons to serve God, there is really only one that suffices. We must simply serve for His glory. If the greater glory of God is our goal, then money, attention, benefits, even blessings won’t be necessary.
All that will matter is that He is known.
Power always thinks that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all His laws. – John Adams
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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