Joshua 24:15 (RSV)
“And if you be unwilling 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.”
This classic text reminds us that we have a choice in who we will serve. And not only that, we make that choice every day. Today, in our world and culture, we know that we have any number of things that we can choose to do with our lives and time. And sometimes we find ourselves doing something that is good, but our attitude about it is sour.
So another truth is named, we are a mix of good intentions and sometimes poor feelings about the decisions we have made. It is not always easy, but I think it wise, from time to time, to name these things and acknowledge how our faith is lived out daily. Yet the beauty of our faith is that God is at work within us as God is shaping us and changing us even as we are turning to God.
Our naming God as our God and choosing to surrender and follow in the way of Jesus Christ becomes new every time we choose to serve the Lord. And I promise there will be days or seasons of our lives that it will be hard to choose what and where Jesus will invite us to be. Yet, our choosing to go where Jesus is already moving will have us asking honest questions of how we choose to meet the needs of others by our own unique gifted-ness.
Sunday we will hear from I Samuel about the people clamoring for a King just like everyone else.
See you on Sunday!
Grace and peace, Rev. Brian
Husband, father, minister, child of God, follower of Jesus Christ writing in the context of La Porte Community Church