Serve One Master

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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 service looks like.

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Serve One Master

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

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