Wisdom and Servanthood

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

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.
(Joshua 24:15 (NIV))

Whom do you serve?

Think about that for a moment.

The reality of that question lies completely in the concept that a servant spends every waking moment catering to the needs and desires of his or her master. To some people, that master is selfish pride. To others, it is ego. To others, it is greed, and still, to others, it is lust. I hate to say this, but to some people, what they commit themselves to is a misguided and false religion. It is a servanthood of inferiority and shame and not a servanthood out of thankfulness, grace and mercy.

Do you cater to any of these false gods? Have they ensnared you and kept you away from the true object of your servanthood?

Anything can become your false god. It is a matter of priorities. That big promotion at work – your favorite sports team – being named as an elder in your church – all of these, and many more can consume you. They can shift your focus so that you serve whatever will further your association with these.

When this happens, there is always someone that gets left out.

When this happens, you loose sight of Jesus. When this happens, you loose sight of God. When this happens, you loose sight of God’s Word. When this happens, you loose sight of you and the plans that God has for you.

You are the one who is left out. There is also another thing that you can be left out of if this happens – grace and mercy. If you do not choose to serve the Lord, you will eventually choose to serve something else. If Jesus is not your Lord and Savior, who or what will fill that role?

Choose wisely whom you serve.

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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