“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.”Joshua 24:15
We had this verse nailed to our front door of my childhood home, and I can still see it when I close my eyes. My family had made a decision to follow God, and even though we were not perfect, there was a concentrated effort to please God. I have struggled to make the right choices many times in my life, and I’ve leaned there are really only two choices to make. You will either please the flesh or you will please God. There are only two choices as well when it comes to eternity, as you will either accept Jesus Christ as your full, final and sole payment for your sin, or you will try to work your way to heaven, hoping your good outweighs your bad. It seems like there are many religions and choices, but it all boils down to just two. Adam and Eve faced the same two choices, and their choices led to the downfall of mankind and the consequences we still deal with today.
I remember when Rebekah and I were dating, and we were headed toward marriage. We were pretty serious and things were going well, even though the weekends were the best of times and the worst of times. One Friday, she had her wisdom teeth removed, and I failed to see the opportunity I had to be a good boyfriend. We typically spent every day together, but she was not feeling well so she cancelled our usual Friday night plans. I thought I would hang out with my cousins and go to my favorite store at the time, Best Buy. I did not think to go and see her to bring her dinner and see how she was feeling. I thought she was out of commission anyhow, so my visit would be useless anyway. I thought nothing of this, but she gave it some thought and was not pleased with me as she fully expected for me to go and see her. I did not realize she felt this way until I spoke with her the following day.
I called her to go out on Saturday and she told me no and that she had plans. She was going to go to the movies with her sister. This baffled me as we spent all of our spare time together. She then began to tell me the things that I was going to need to change for us to move forward. She pointed out several things in our relationship and she called me out on the poor choices I had made. She pointed out that my choice to not go see her was not well received, but it was really an indication of how I acted many times in our relationship. I did not think so much of her as I should have, and in many ways I was quite selfish. I thought a lot about myself which carried over into our relationship. She was not breaking up with me as I thought she was, but she laid down the law and advised me I would need to start making better choices in my life and in our relationship. I took this to heart and although I was far from perfect, I was determined to be more considerate and thoughtful in our relationship.
We have now been married for quite some time, so her talk with me worked out. We all face choices everyday and many times throughout the day. Will I eat that donut that is offered to me? Will I sleep in instead of getting up early? Will I speed past the legal limit to get to work on time? We all have a myriad of decisions to make everyday, but they still all boil down to whether we will please God or if we will please our flesh. Our daily choices may not seem to matter, but they always do and they add up even though they seem like no big deal.
Will you choose to serve the Lord or will you choose to live for the gods of this world? Will your actions be pleasing to Him or will they be pleasing to your flesh? Our choices matter to God, and we will be held accountable for the choices we make. May we change in the areas that need changing, and may we not delay in making the right choice. Our choices matter, and more importantly, they matter to God. Choose this day whom you will serve!