Day # 24 March 16th - Choosing Sides (Making decisions based on the Future)
“…then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). In Matthew 10:34-36 Jesus says that he has come to bring division. Matthew 5:1-12, Matthew 10, and John 16:33 all point out the truth that those who follow Jesus as the Son of god, will be opposed. I think we tend to want to be fence sitters. We know Jesus is God, but we do not want to assert it to our own loss of reputation, financial gain, or even life. We try to straddle the line between living for the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of the world. However, Jesus warns against this kind of attitude “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one, and love the other...you cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). I believe we can substitute that word “Money” for almost anything, such as “sex,” “fame,” “success,” “drugs,” etc. We must chose now who it is we will serve. Many make this choice on what seems best for them this moment. As believers and followers of Jesus we make our decision based on the future because we now that those who are in Jesus are conquerors. It is like deciding to either receive $10,000 dollars right now or receiving $2,000 dollars each week for the rest of your life. No doubt the $10,000 benefits you more immediately, but there has to be something seriously wrong with you if you choose that over the $2,000 each week. We call that seriously something wrong “sin.” We must choose now whom we will serve, God, or our own desires. We must choose now what we will receive, praise from this world, or eternal glory with God. Every day, and every decision we need to make with the realization that Jesus has conquered, there will be a resurrection, and eternal life offered to those who know and love God. Today, before you make a decision, before you react, but in perspective the future, not just a day from now, or a year from now, but from eternity from now, knowing that God has conquered.