But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:21
As Joshua was giving his last words to the Israelites, he told them that they need to serve the Lord. He also told them that if serving God was not desirable to them, they could serve other gods, but they had to choose one or the other. The people said they would serve God. Joshua finishes out with saying that if they end up not serving God, then He will bring disaster on them. He also told them that he and his family would serve God.
People like to be able to make their own decisions. They want to be able to choose what they want to do or not do. Very few people like to be told not to do something. This is where freedom comes in.
One of the greatest choices that a person will ever make is whether they will serve God or not. This choice is one that will affect not only today, but bring about effects for all of eternity.
Some people make the choice to serve God on a Sunday, but then forget about that choice and choose not to serve God throughout the week. It is a choice that is not made just one time and then forgotten. It is a choice that has to be made daily, and most often dozens to hundreds of times throughout each day.
If you are reading this, most likely you have chosen at some point to serve God. You have given your life to Jesus. However, it does not end there. Each day you will have to choose whether you will sin or not sin, whether you will tell someone about Jesus or keep quiet, whether your thoughts will honor God or not, and the list goes on.
Have you chosen to serve and obey God?
Or are you choosing to serve self and the things of this world?
If you are choosing to serve God, are you serving God with all of your life?
I pray today that you will choose to serve God; that you will dedicate your life to doing what God wants you to do; that you will not turn back to the things of this world; and that you will honor God in all that you think, say and do.