It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve Him. Serving Him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create.
– Leo Tolstoy
This quote is very simple – serve or not serve God. That is your choice. God made us with a free will to make decisions about our life and to also live with the choices we have made. We can choose to serve God and add to the good of humanity and to God’s overall plan or we can choose not to serve God and see what happens to humanity.
Many think that we are going through what could be a momentous period in human history. Many countries are in conflict. The overall world economy is not on solid footing. There is an increase in crime and violence. Drugs are prevalent and the numbers of people who are addicted has skyrocketed. Do you think this is all by accident?
No! It is because of the choices we have made as flawed humans and by not putting God first and serving Him in all things.
By serving God, we lend our God-given talents to others to make our world a better place. We evangelize by our actions. We plant a tiny seed in others so they may go out and serve God as well. We should be going about our daily lives and do what God created us to do, even in the smallest of things. When you hold open a door for someone, you are serving God. When you let someone in front of you in line, God is served as well. When you are polite and patient with that one person in your life that just rubs you the wrong way, you are serving God.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,f you did it to me.’ Matthew 25