“. . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, . . .”
~ Joshua 24:15 ~
When I looked out the kitchen window, I saw the lake’s smooth and shiny surface, reflecting buildings, shrubs, trees, and the blue sky. The koi were not yet awake, the turtles were still hiding somewhere, and the ducks, usually noisy and the first to take early morning swims, were nowhere to be found. I marveled at the quietness of the morning and how the lake reflected everything around and above it.
It made me question who, or what, and how, I was going to reflect today, that is, whom I was going to serve — the Lord or myself.
Paul encourages us in Colossians 2:6-7, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
He continues in Colossians 3:1-3,”If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
In Galatians 2:20, Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
God was giving me a choice: Whom was I going to serve?
Of course, I chose the Lord; but within an hour of making that decision, I was serving myself! Thank goodness that He’s faithful to love us through those stumbling, bumbling, falling times! As the psalmist sang throughout Psalm 136, “His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
Is He asking you to choose whom you will serve today?
It’s never too late to choose Him! He’s not asking us to do something that He hasn’t done, He’s asking us to follow His example. Romans 12:1 encourages us “by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.” Isn’t it marvelous that He’s placed His Holy Spirit in us to teach, guide, and empower us to do what He’s called us to do?! Serving and reflecting Him is a result of daily choosing to live for Christ.
Father, the choice is always ours as to whom we’ll serve and thereby reflect. Help us today to serve You and in doing so, be pleasing to You and point others to You. And when we fail to serve You, bring to remembrance how Jesus served You and us with His life. In His name and for Your glory, amen.