Serve God or serve the world?

Joshua 24:15 King James Version (KJV)

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will Romans 12:2

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth

Revelation 3:15-16

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Matthew 6:24

These are 3 examples of God telling us the importance of choosing him each time.
The first scripture talks about being “lukewarm”. As children of God, we can’t afford to have one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God. It’s either we choose to serve Christ or to serve the world.

The second scripture talks about conforming to the ways of this world. There’s another scripture that talks about you can’t be in the flesh and please God at the same time. More time, the things of this world are the thing of the flesh, and it ties in with the last scripture that talks about not being able to serve 2 masters, that you’ll either hate one and love the other and vice versa. Being in the world and being with God, go against each other. Another scripture talks about the flesh wrestling against the spirit and vice versa. They’re two conflicting points of view, one for good and one for evil. God doesn’t tell us this to warn us, but help us realise that it’s not possible to do it, to please God and please the world.

A little bit of a random one but it ties in with what I was speaking about the other day. I prayed this year that God would show me what he wanted me to do for him and the first thing that he asked me was how am I using my gifts to serve him and more importantly, am I choosing to serve him over pleasing/serving the world and so this is the first word that I received

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