Posted July 16, 2012
...choose you this day whom ye will serve... Joshua 24:15
Recently I bought a pack of that chewing gum called, UP2U. It struck me that everything is up to me. Things in my life are done and accomplished or not accomplished by what choices I make. It really is up to me, and that is so important when it comes to living the Christian life and serving the Lord.
I began to think about some of the people in the Bible that really personified that living their life for Christ was up to them.
Do you know that little chorus?
Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord,
And he said, “here am I, send me.”
He longed to do the will of the Lord,
So he said, “here am I, send me.”
Here am I, send me; anywhere for thee.
And when I hear the voice of the Lord,
I will say, “here am I, send me.”
Isaiah decided that it was up to him to go when the Lord asked.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8
When it came to the question of eating the king's meat, Daniel was not going to let anyone else tell him what to do. He made the decision within his own heart.
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8
I know as Christians we see the last part of that verse in Joshua 24:15 written everywhere. Many of us have it hanging on our walls in our homes, but have you ever read the whole verse or even the chapter that it comes from?
Joshua was an old man by this time (Joshua 24:29) but he still knew that it was up to him to do what was right no matter what anybody else did.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
Remember when Queen Esther went before the king without being summoned even though it was not the lawful thing to do and she could have been killed for it. Esther knew saving her people was up to her.
...and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. Joshua 24:15
Did you notice in these verses all of the personal pronouns?
- Isaiah said, "Here am I".
- Daniel "purposed in his heart".
- Joshua said, "As for me".
- Esther words were, "I will go".
It always amazes me the things that the Lord uses to give me a prod to do what is right or remind me of an important truth, even some letters on a pack of gum (UP2U).
Life really is all about choices and I know I need to be motivated to make better ones.
So, are you living your life like it is up to you?
Copyright ©2012 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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