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A Mighty Servant of God

READ | Ephesians 4:17-24

To become God’s mighty servants, we must decide whether we will base our life on His priorities or the world’s. The two are incompatible.

Before salvation, people typically live according to what the flesh desires, which includes indulging themselves with food, entertainment, and material goods. Promoting self-gratification, our culture maintains that we are each the center of our own universe and can decide what is right for ourselves.

Our Savior tells us just the opposite—He commands us to put God first and ourselves last. Jesus tells us to love Him with all our heart and soul, deny ourselves, and follow Him (Matt. 16:24). Rather than encouraging us to acquire money and possessions, He teaches that giving brings many more blessings than receiving (Acts 20:35).

How can we know we are becoming spiritually stronger? First, we’ll be less attracted to the ungodly practices of our world and will yearn to be more like Jesus. Second, we will start replacing ungodly habits with activities that please the Lord. Third, we’ll begin to comprehend some of the deeper biblical truths and apply them in our lives. Last, our spiritual discernment will improve. With the Spirit’s help, it will become easier to recognize unrighteous ideas and behavior.

Do you want to become mighty in spirit? If so, then spend time in the Scriptures learning what is important to God. Ask Him to transform you into the person He has designed you to be.

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