It*s Your Choice
Joshua 24:15: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
As a child you might recall choosing up sides and playing basketball or baseball. There was usually one child who was chosen last. That last child was really not chosen by either team. He was rejected by both teams. He was forced upon one team. If God is your last choice, you have not chosen Him at all, you have rejected Him.
In an earthly sense we can have many masters. But in a spiritual sense we can have only one master. Our master is either God or Satan.
Luke 16:13: No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Choosing God and serving Him are inseparable. The nature of God is such that we have not truly chosen Him if He has not become our Master and we His servants. If we choose a God that we do not need to serve we have chosen a God of a different nature, a false God. If one has not chosen to serve God he is automatically serving Satan.
When God saves us, He saves us from sin. Our sin can be accurately described as disobedience. When He saves us He saves us from disobedience. If we are not obeying God, we are either not saved or we are slothful servants. Those are two very undesirable conditions.
Serving God includes serving our fellow man. Serving is the most noticeable evidence that one is a Christian. Many people deceive themselves into believing that they do not need to make a choice and that they do not need to serve God. Not making a choice is a choice. Not choosing to serve the Lord is choosing to serve Satan.
Serving God is not an occasional action that only takes place when we feel like it. It is an action that takes place when God wants it. If it takes place only when we feel like it we are serving self and not God. Serving God involves giving Him every part of one*s life. God is the one who knows what we should do and when we should do it. There are many things the Bible says we ought to turn over to God.
Our lives: Luke 9:24: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Our selves: Mark 8:34: And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 2 Corinthians 8:5: And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
Our bodies: Romans 12:1: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 1 Corinthians 6:13: Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
Our body parts: Romans 6:13: Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Our thoughts: 2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Our steps: Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Our time: Psalms 31:15: My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Isaiah 8:17: And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
Our heart, soul, mind and strength: Mark 12:30: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Giving all these things to the Lord can be scary until we remember that we are giving them to the One who loves us and knows how to use them for the greatest purpose. It is far better than giving them to the one who hates us. God wants to saturate all these things with His goodness and blessing. If we withhold anything from Him it is to our own hurt.