Monday, 2 June 2014

As for Me and My Family…

15 “If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.”  Joshua 24:15  the Message

The wife says to her husband “you say that you would die for me, but you never do.” As corny as that is don’t many of us essentially say something similar when we say “I love you Lord” but act in a way that belies that statement.

I don’t think anyone who professes to be a Christian would say that it is “bad to worship God” or that they would consciously acknowledge that they have “chosen” to serve another god.  The reality is that at some point in any given week, more likely any given day, each of us who profess to be followers of Jesus worship at the altar of another god.

Before you protesteth too much let me ask you have you been impatient this week?  Have you gotten irritated with someone this week?  Have you done something this week that didn’t glorify God?  Have you lost your temper, sought food for comfort, or watched something on the internet that you would be ashamed if your children were to see,etc.

Ideally God is first in our life and if we are married our spouse is number two.  Any time something leap frogs in importance over either of those two choices we have erected an idol, if only for a brief time.  That idol is a form of god.

To make matters worse, I usually neglect to ask God to forgive me for my transgressions.  This is not a salvation issue but it could be a relational issue.  There is certainly some Scriptural basis for believing that my inappropriate behavior, when not acknowledged, might affect my prayer life. (1Peter 3:7)

All this is to say that all of us, yes even me, will continue to sin and “occasionally” worship at an altar of a false god.  But if I am determined that in my house we will worship the living God, there will be much evidence that I want to put Him first.  The evidence will manifest itself in the way I treat my wife, children and neighbors.  It will be in evidence if you looked at my calendar or checkbook.  Finally I will notice that the Fruit of the Spirit is more apparent in how I live my life than it was two years ago.


1 comment:

  1. It's much easier to die for something than it is to live for something. It's rarely the defining moments and inflection points of life that cause us to stumble. It's the daily grind that causes us to stumble, beating us up and wearing us down. As CS Lewis said (more or less), "The road to hell is smooth, wide, and gently sloping. There are no sudden turns and no signposts."


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