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FAITH (What Is Faith For? Part Four)

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Continued from last article: God takes care of the birds. He clothes the lilies and the grass of the field. Why? Because He owns them (Mark 6:25-30). Everything God owns He cares for their needs. Those who give themselves to be a bond-servant to Him, He owns and He takes care of them. Then notice Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” To seek means to search to get to the bottom of a matter. In this case it would be to search first after the kingdom and God's righteousness. His righteousness is translated from the Greek “dikaiosýnē,” which means a divine righteousness—a divine justice, or justness. Justness is based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair. Therefore, God's righteousness is based on what is morally right and fair. He is a just God on which all can depend, for He changes not.

According to Hebrews 11:6 seeking after God is the result of faith. “For without faith it is impossible to please God, for those who come to Him must believe that He is and a rewarded to those who diligently seek Him.” Believers who seek after God's kingdom and His righteousness are promised that all other things would be added to them.

Faith seeks God and His kingdom. And, faith seeks to know the justness of God, which gives believers, who seek after His justness, more confidence in Him.

What is serving God or being a servant to Him? According to Matthew 25:31-46, giving to the needs of people and visiting them is ministering to them. And not only them, but Christ as well. Mark 16:17 is another way in which believers serve God. Furthermore, fulfilling God's will is service to Him as seen throughout the Bible.

In Luke 12, the servant plowing in the field represents every believers mission to evangelize the world. And the servant coming to the master’s house to prepare a meal to serve him represents every believers ministry in the Church. For every believer has a calling to go into all the world, and to minister to other believers in the Household of God.

Those who serve God as bondservants belong to the household of God. Ephesians 2:19 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”

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