Settle it Now within Your Hearts, whom You Will Serve

December 30, 2019

 

Settle it Now within Your Hearts, whom You Will Serve

 

Joshua 24:14-18

“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods! 17 It was the LORD our God himself who brought us and our fathers up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the LORD drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the LORD, because he is our God.”

 

We are a people given to many affections and desires.  These are our idols rather than those shaped from wood, stone and precious metals.  “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”  Where is our conversation and attentions focused?  Is our predominant conversation about heavenly and spiritual topics?  Jesus says, “ where a man’s heart is, there will his treasures be also.”  Where are we storing up our treasures and our riches?  Every now and then we have to take stock of the mission statement of our life and if we are fulfilling it.  What would you define the purpose of your life to be and how with God’s enabling are you fulfilling it?  Are we still on course?  Someplace along the road of life we have come to this crossroads where we read that Joshua and the children of Israel now stand.  There is a choice to be made.  Hopefully, we, like Joshua and the people have made a decision, but more than a decision, a covenant.  In that covenant we said, “ As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” and like the people replied, we also stand in agreement with them when they say, “Far be it from us to forsake the LORD to serve other gods!”

Every now and then we have to run an accountability check on ourselves, because without even being fully aware of it we start to make the little compromises that begin to get us off course from our covenant and commitment with our God.  Our shift often time is not a radical one; maybe it is just a degree or two, but over the course of a long distance we can miss our destination and mark by a great deal.

Every morning we must look up into the eyes of our God and find His grace.  The reality is that we tend to stray and wander and become disconnected.  We get caught up in the world and those affections for the world that divert our attention from who we really are.  We cannot forget our identity.  Our identity is no longer with that man of the earth, even though we still walk in these earthen vessels.  Our identity is in Christ; that is who we are and that is what we are.  Our feet may still be in the earth, but our hearts and affections must be in the heavens.  We are the ones that bring heaven to earth and that are the ministers of reconciliation between God and man.  We are being formed in the image of our Father and renewed in the nature and character of His Son.  The Holy Spirit now orders our steps rather than the passions and will of our flesh.  We are the redeemed of the Lord and we must say so, live so and be so.  We are no longer what we used to be, for our calling and our vision is so much higher now.  ‘We have seen the Lord and He is high and lifted up and His train fills the temple.’  We are children of the Most High God.  We cannot forget who we are and the commitment we have made to Him that is faithful and true, our supplier, our redeemer and our mighty fortress.  Heaven and earth will pass away.  These earthly bodies in a few short years will perish with the using.  What do we have that is eternal except what has been birthed and lived out in the spirit?  All the other things that seem so important to us now will have no more significance other than the fact that they robbed us of life, spiritual treasure and purpose.

What is the mission statement today for our lives and are we still on track in living it out?  Everyday we must renew our commitment and vision, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  This is our covenant with our God who is faithful and is with us day by day.  We must not fail Him; for in doing so we fail ourselves.

Blessings,

#kent

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