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)
I need to make a decision. Well actually, I made my decision long ago. I’m now calling to your and my attention the decision that I did make that has guided the entire course of my life. What decision did you make? I made my decision to love and follow and serve you. Why are you now reflecting on and calling attention to that decision? It is never a mistake to reflect on and reaffirm that decision. In fact, there have been many times in my life when I have gone through great adversity, difficult circumstances and almost overwhelming trials when I have needed to reflect on, rely on and reaffirm my past decision. After all, my decision wasn’t for one day, it was for today, tomorrow, and forever. That is very good. You have made a firm and irrevocable decision to love and follow and serve me. Yes, that’s it exactly. So, your past decision has helped carry through great difficulties as you have relied on me. Yes, and I would put the heavy emphasis on relying on you. You have guarded and guided me. You have picked me up and encouraged me. You have kept me going. You have made me able to continue to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, I have done and will continue to do that for you. You can place all your faith and hope and trust me in me. That I will do. That will be very good.
There is another very good reason to reflect on my decision. Why is that? My saying yes to loving and following and serving you meant that I was also saying no to many other things and possible pursuits. My decision meant that I was going to live a life that was good and right and pleasing to you. My decision meant that I was going to make it my desire to become like you. That includes loving like you loved, giving like you gave and serving like you served. You have thought quite deeply about what your decision has meant. That’s true. So, the first no answer I made was to myself. My decision meant that I was not going to live for myself. I was not going to allow my life to be filled with worldly pursuits. I would not make money and materialism and comfort and pleasure my gods. What else? I would not make power and prestige and position my gods either. The second no answer I made was to anything that was outside your will. So, it has become the goal of my life, my hope and desire, my purpose and plan to seek to know and do your will. With your power and strength, I have sought and am seeking to go and do whatever you ask me. My life is in in your hands. I am at your service. My decision has been made both for now and forever. That is very good.
Lord, nothing and no one other than you is worthy of my service. Today, I will only give my heart and mind and life to you. No other, so called gods will have any place in my life. You and you only will I serve with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Amen
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