Whom do you serve?

Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Jos. 24:14-15).  Most of us have a plaque, or something similar with this verse inscribed on it, put up somewhere in our house.  If not in our own house, then we have seen it in the home of a Christian friend.  But I wonder how many people take the time to truly understand what is being said and, if they do, how much energy they invest in following it.  Talk is cheap but following that up with actions is not cheap at all.  It takes courage and commitment to follow God in a world that rejects His commands and therefore rejects Him.  Moreover, saying that you serve the Lord is entirely different from actually doing so.  Rom. 1:16 states, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel…”, but sadly, that is precisely what millions of Christians worldwide are.

They serve the Lord while in church or around Christian friends but put Him in a small container at the bottom of a drawer somewhere for the rest of the week.  Until they return to church or the company of Christian friends, they serve the world and all its idols instead.  They desire the fleeting admiration and accolades of the world so much that they do anything within their power to be “one of them.”  Then, when it is time again, they search for the little container, put it in their pocket, and pretend to be “all about God and His business.”  Even if they profess to be a Christian all the time, their actions belie their empty words.  They may fool others and even fool themselves, but they will do well to remember that they do not fool God.  Their lifestyle makes a mockery of their so-called Christian faith, and in doing so, mock God – but Gal. 6:7 should serve as a dire warning to these individuals, “Do not be deceived: God will not be mocked…”.  All our actions have consequences, and the all-seeing eye of our Lord God sees absolutely everything we do.  Here is one more scripture they should take heed of, “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven…” (Matt. 7:21).

So, next time you read that sign, pause for self-reflection for a moment and consider whom you serve – your choice has eternal consequences.

 

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