Choices. We all make choices. Everyday we make countless choices from getting out of bed in the morning , to what we will wear to whether or not you will read the rest of this post and so many more in between them. Most of the time we are unaware that we are even making a choice. I chose to the speed I was going as I drove home from work today, I chose to eat and I chose to put shoes on today.
We are constantly making choices even if some of those choices are second nature to us. The choice I want to talk about is the choice to serve the Lord. I was listening to a devotion by David Platt on Joshua 24:15 which says “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." He talked about how when you choose to accept Jesus as your saviour that’s one choice but then each day you have the choice whether or not you are going to serve Him. I was struck by this so many times (more than I’d like to admit) I can go my entire day without even thinking about God and how I can serve him that day. Joshua was talking to the Israelites, the people God had set apart for his work, these people knew the Lord, he was their saviour. They needed to
additionally make the choice each day who they were going to serve. We are Christ’s servants “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”1 Corinthians 4:1 We are called to be Christ’s servants.
What does it look like to be a servant of Jesus? As the verse above says we are to be “stewards of the mysteries of God.” Being a servant of Jesus is a two fold. The first part is we need to be actively seeking the word and growing in Christ (Bible study and prayer) and sharing the knowledge with people (evangelism). The second part is following his commandments and walking in a way that shines his light and love to those around you. I can be a servant of Jesus by knowing who he is and sharing that with my neighbor, I can also be a servant of Christ by abstaining from seeing a movie with nudity in it that all my coworkers are going to see together. I can be a servant of Christ by praying for a person, people group or nation that God puts on my heart, I can also be a servant of Christ by being someone who is honest and faithful to their word. Do you notice something about the examples I have given? Each one of those is a choice I have to make. Am I going to pursue God daily and live a life worthy of the cause or am I going
to become lazy in my relationship with God and look just like someone who has never heard of Jesus? These are the choices we have to make. Each day my heart’s desire is to wake up and say “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” and I hope that is your heart’s desire too. If it’s not, ask God for that desire, He would love to give it to you.