A lot of us serve ourselves. Looking out for #1. Do I like it? Does it benefit me? Do I wanna do it? Do I feel like it? What’s in for me? Oh, yeah. These questions come pretty easy because we use them a lot. Maybe not out loud….
Many of serve our debts. We have to work extra hours or extra jobs to pay for all of the stuff we already have. We’re upside down on cars and houses. When we’re not working, we’re worrying about paying the bills. The best line about our money I’ve ever heard is – “The secret is not in how much you make. It’s in how much you spend.” Oh, yeah.
Some of us serve our hobbies – like sports or gambling or shopping. While we’re shopping today we’re planning about the next time we can go shopping. Before the game we’re watching is over, we’re flipping to the next channel for the next game and then the next game and then the next.
We all choose who or what we will serve.
Joshua makes this very clear to the Israelites in Joshua 24 as he throws down a challenge. “Choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
We also need to make a conscious choice. If we’re serving something or someone else, we need to lay down our ‘idols’ at the feet of the One, True, Living God and begin a new chapter of our life by serving him only.
There’s no better time than right now to make this choice.