“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…
But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
God has been talking to me about choices lately and brought this verse to mind recently in my time with Him.
My first reaction was to say, “Yes, Lord. I choose You. I serve You.”
And He replied something like, “Are you sure?”
It reminded me a little bit of the conversation He had with Peter in John 21 when He asked three times if Peter loved Him. I imagine Peter losing patience with the Lord a little by the third time to think that Peter didn’t love Him. Hadn’t Peter walked with Him all those years? Peter even tried to keep the soldiers from arresting and killing Jesus. Of course Peter loved Him!
Was Jesus really asking Peter simply if Peter loved Him, or was it whether Peter chose to love Jesus more than other things in his life? Did Peter love Him more than his zealous pride? Was Peter willing to forget about what the other disciples were doing or who was the most important to Jesus and love Him more than all else?
Thus God’s question to me.
He wasn’t questioning whether I serve Him but instead whether I choose to serve Him over other less significant things.
God has a mission for me. A role for me in His kingdom. Do I choose this role over selfish desires? Am I choosing to use my ‘free’ time in a way that will please the Lord or do I waste it on things that have no significance?
Do I choose to serve Him or my own whims and ideas?
Do I even think about whom I’m serving or how I spend my time?
How about you? What do you choose?
Whom do you choose?
blessings and peace to you as you choose and serve this weekend.