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“With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free” (Ephesians 6:7-8).

We often become those who are more interested in what others think that in what the Lord thinks.  Do not seek to please men, as if such a thing were possible.  Instead, serve the Lord.  When serving another, do so in the Lord’s name.  Be guided by the Lord and His goodness and know that in all things, He alone is the One you serve.  Do not be led astray by your feelings; but live in His presence always.

Lord, let me see the simplicity of this so that I would not be led astray by the ways of the world.  You have created me to walk in Your presence.  I walk with You, for You, and in You always.  Let me not go to any other place, but instead, live into this life You have given me in grace.  In You Lord is all hope and the eternal promised future.  Keep me on Your narrow path now and forever.

Lord Jesus, You were always pointing to the Father and teaching us to do the same.  The world presses in and it wants what it wants.  But the world does not know what it wants.  Keep my eye on the prize so that I would be led by You alone and walk where You lead me, doing what You give me to do.  In You Lord is all hope.  Guide me, Lord, so that I would walk with You and serve You.  Amen.