We Must Choose To Serve The Lord!

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Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of 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.”

Again: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Regardless of what other people may think, serving and following God is really the only way to have a fulfilling, victorious life.

When Jesus walked this earth, many of the leaders of His day believed in Him but would not confess their faith to others. They feared that they would be expelled from the synagogue if they went public with their belief in Jesus.

“And yet [in spite of all this] many even of the leading men (the authorities and the nobles) believed and trusted in Him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that [if they should acknowledge Him] they would be expelled from the synagogue; For they loved the approval and the praise and the glory that come from men [instead of and] more than the glory that comes from God. [They valued their credit with men more than their credit with God.]” (John 12:42-43 AMP)

These men, these leaders of their Churches, were hindered and prevented from a relationship with Jesus because they were addicted to approval from other men.

Although they wanted a relationship with Jesus they desired and loved the approval of other people more. That is sad – but unfortunately it happens all the time.

The leaders of Jesus’ day knew that He was real.

They believed in Him.

But their love of people’s approval would not permit them to have a true relationship with Him.

I wonder how their lives turned out?

What did they miss because they said yes to people and no to God? 

How many of them never fulfilled their destinies because they loved the approval of men more than the approval of God?

How many of them spent the rest of their lives disrespecting themselves because they were people-pleasers?

This is one reason why Jesus said: “Therefore, everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and confess [that I am abiding in] him. But whoever denies and disowns Me before men, I also will deny and disown him before My Father Who is in heaven. “ (Mat 10:32-33 AMP)

Joshua though was bold about his belief in God declaring “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

God wants us to be like Joshua.

God wants each of us to declare that “as for me and my house we will (wholeheartedly) serve the Lord” in all that we do every day of our lives.

We need to follow God – not people!

We need to be God-pleasers, not people-pleasers!

We need to Fear God – not fear what other people may think – including worrying about what other Christians may think of us.

The Old Testament, particularly the Books of Moses, is full of references to “fear and reverence” in relation to God.

For example:

“That all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty and that you may reverence and fear the Lord your God forever.” (Joshua 4:24)

“Fear and Reverence”, of God, or in relation to God, is mentioned 19 times in the Bible.

“Fear God” is mentioned 167 times.

“Fear the Lord”, (or “fear of the Lord”), is mentioned 188 times.

So, we need to Fear God – not fear what other people may think of us.

We may as well realize right now that not everyone is going to like us.

Some will even be antagonistic towards us, others will lie to us or about us, still others will take any opportunity to put us down.

And Jesus knew this which is why He said that the darkness does not like the light.

However, if we live our lives worrying about what other people think, then we will never take risks, nor will we stretch ourselves into new realms and dimensions in God.

In other words, we won’t walk in God’s plan for our lives.

We also need to realize that satan will use other people to steal from us what Jesus died to give us – the freedom to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit for each of us as an individual.

However, as we individually follow Him, I can guarantee that He will lead each of us into a rewarding life.

So just like Joshua, we need to make a deliberate, personal decision to serve the Lord and boldly declare: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

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