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This message was preached by Adrian Tan at His Sanctuary Singapore on Sunday, 23 January 2011. He shared about the importance of renewing one's mind, the meaning of choosing to serve God and what such …

This message was preached by Adrian Tan at His Sanctuary Singapore on Sunday, 23 January 2011. He shared about the importance of renewing one's mind, the meaning of choosing to serve God and what such service looks like.


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  • 1. Serve One Master
    Thoughts from Matthew 6
  • 2. A Man’s True Worth
    Life, faculties, production--in other words,
    individuality, liberty, property -- this is man.
    And in spite of the cunning of artful political
    leaders, these three gifts from God precede
    all human legislation, and are superior to it.
  • 3. Common Aspirations of People
    Self-preservation and self-development are
    common aspirations among all people. And
    if everyone enjoyed the unrestricted use of
    his faculties and the free disposition of the
    fruits of his labor, social progress would be
    ceaseless, uninterrupted, and unfailing.
  • 4. A Fatal Tendency of Mankind
    But there is also another tendency that is
    common among people. When they can,
    they wish to live and prosper at the expense
    of others.
    The annals of history bear witness to the
    truth of it: the incessant wars, mass
    migrations, religious persecutions, universal
    slavery, dishonesty in commerce, and
    monopolies.
  • 5. Origins of this Fatal Tendency
    This fatal desire has its origin in the very
    nature of man -- in that primitive, universal,
    and insuppressible instinct that impels him
    to satisfy his desires with the least possible
    pain.
    Claude Frédéric Bastiat (30 June 1801 – 24 December
    1850) was a French classical liberal theorist, political
    economist, and member of the French assembly.
  • 6. Matthew 6: 22,23 (NASB)
    The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if
    your eye is clear, your whole body will be full
    of light.
    But if your eye is bad, your whole body will
    be full of darkness. If then the light that is in
    you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
  • 7. INTERPRETATION:
    THE EYE IS
    THE
    DOOR WAY
    TO
    THE
    MIND
  • 8. Matthew 6:19-21 (NASB)
    Do not store up for yourselves treasures on
    earth, where moth and rust destroy, and
    where thieves break in and steal.
    But store up for yourselves treasures in
    heaven, where neither moth nor rust
    destroys, and where thieves do not break in
    and steal;
    for where your treasure is, there your heart
    will be.
  • 9. CONTRASTS – Matthew 6:1-18
    Treasures on Earth
    Making a loud spectacle when giving (v. 2)
    Draws attention to self when praying (v. 5)
    Prays repeatedly for personal needs (v.7, 31,32)
    Unforgiving, tormented (v.15)
    Makes a show of fasting
    SELF-CENTRED
    Treasures in Heaven
    Left hand don’t know when the right is giving (v.3)
    Seeks an audience with God alone when praying (v.6)
    Prays the prayer of the Kingdom
    Forgiving and set free to be (v.14)
    Looks normal & well kept
    GOD-CENTRED
  • 10. Matthew 6:24 (NASB)
    No one can serve two masters; for either he
    will hate the one and love the other, or he
    will be devoted to one and despise the
    other. You cannot serve God and wealth
    (Mammon).
    * Wealth is beyond just money.
  • 11. To Serve God is:
    To Acknowledge God as Father & the Agenda of Heaven (v.9, 10) in our lives
    To ManifestGod and Heaven on Earth (v.10-13) – provision, forgiveness and deliverance.
    To Give God full ownership of what is rightfully His (v. 13) – kingdom, power & glory.
    Stop becoming a worrier & start being a warrior (Matthew 6:25-34) – SEEK FIRST
  • 12. LUKE 4:18,19
    THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,
    BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH
    THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS
    SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO
    THE CAPTIVES,AND RECOVERY OF
    SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE
    THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO
    PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF
    THE LORD.