15”But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euprhates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
It’s been a week since I shared anything with everyone here. I have so much media to share with y’all, it was hard to decide what to share first. But then I wanted to touch on this verse above that came from the end of our February reading. I mentioned this verse briefly in our latest recap video, which you can watch here. As I touch on in the YouTube video, Christians love to paraphrase this and leave out the entire beginning of this verse, which discusses who we choose to serve as individuals. We will see tomorrow how quickly the Israelites forget who they should serve. But for today, let’s think about who we serve.
It’s easy to read this and pat ourselves on the back. We pray to God, we are reading the Bible, maybe for the first time ever. We are definitely not serving other “gods” or other mythos. But are we really serving the Lord? Where is our energy and time going? Are we spending more time watching Netflix every night then reading the Bible? Do we make sure we catch every sport game we possibly can/spend just as much time scrolling social media, instead of attending a Bible study once a week? Or how bout this, are we always ready to get out on the boat on the weekend, but it’s been months since we stepped foot in a church?
Jesus made serving the Lord easy, He broke it down into two commands: love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love others as you love yourself. That’s all you have to do. However, as my local church has been doing a fabulous job highlighting this month. You can not love God and love others in the capacity Jesus speaks of without devoting your free time to serving others. I could go into rant after rant about this, but to save you time, I plead that you click the image below and hear this amazing Word for yourself.
Reading plan: Luke 2:22-52(The only mention of Jesus as a boy in the Bible)
Deeper reading plan: Judges 7-9
Prayer focus: pray America makes 2021 the year we stop living to serve ourselves, and start living to serve others.
Song of the Day-a melody written straight from the scripture above: