Choices are to be made every day. Some are relatively inconsequential, like your clothing selection or lunch options; others have far-reaching effects. Of the choices to be made today, none is more important than this one:
"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." (Joshua 24:15)
Most of us can readily say that we’ve made this key choice. But, there is the daily choice to support the choice. We choose each day to live out the initial decision. And that’s where things can get complicated. We can affirm the commitment with our mind and words, but actions might indicate otherwise. Careful, prayerful introspection is necessary.
Each day provides us with a fresh, new opportunity for renewed commitment to THE commitment. Yesterday’s failure need not be today’s hindrance. Through grace, resolve, and Holy Spirit prompting and empowering, we can live the commitment with zeal and integrity this day. The key is to clearly face and make the choice.
We have a hand-made, engraved wood plaque, made by my brother-in-law years ago, with the pledge of Joshua 24:15, “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” It serves as an important daily reminder of the need to renew a long-ago choice. The pledge is not that we’ll think kindly of the LORD, or “take a likin’ “ to Him, but to actively choose to serve Him. Serving actions will be the true indicator of a heart choice.
Perhaps a good summary of the call is, “Choose once, and choose daily.” Make an initial commitment to the LORD, and renew that commitment daily by actively serving Him. My prayer is that we choose well today, and every day.
©Steve Taylor, 2015 --Used by permission
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