Website owner: James Miller
Religious people often speak of "serving the Lord". What do they mean? What do they have in mind? It can be a trite phrase of religious cant. I suggest the following deep thought. It is so simple that it may never occur to many people. How does one serve the Lord? We serve him by doing those things we know we should do, those things that conscience requires, and not doing those things which conscience says we shouldn't do. In other words, we serve God by living right. How do we know what we should and shouldn't do? We know that from the Bible. The Bible tells us how we should behave, what we should and shouldn't do. We serve God by obeying him, following his instructions. Jesus told us how we should live, how we should conduct ourselves in life. We live by his teachings. Treat your neighbor right. Don't cheat him. Don't rip him off. Don't plunder him. Treat him decently and with respect. Treat him as you would wish to be treated. Speak the truth. Don't lie. Live an upright, moral, godly life. Be humble. Avoid argument and contention. Seek peace. Some people habitually act as they know they should act, live by their conscience, live by a higher law, regardless of what lower impulse or temptation might suggest. There are other people who do only as they wish, only what they want to do. They let base impulse and inclination determine their conduct instead of Reason and knowledge of right and wrong. They excuse and rationalize their conduct, bend and pervert truth to conform to their own perverse inclinations. They follow ways of foolishness and badness and justify their conduct with bent, dishonest logic.