When looking in the mirror of your day, what do the choices you make say about your priorities?
Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 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.
Each day is filled with choices. When to wake up, what you eat for breakfast, what to wear, what to do first at work, how to respond to an email, chicken or steak, tv or board games, highway or scenic route, react or over-react, give thanks for my blessings or count my problems …we make choices moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. While some choices like food and clothing are a matter of preference or necessity, on a whole…
the choices we make are a reflection of our priorities.
What is important to me?
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
One of the things written on my prayer list for the past month or so is “less me, more them”. This is a broad prayer…less me, more God…less me, more hubby…less me, more kids…less me, more others…less me, more giving. As I read the Bible and uncover my role as a Christian, wife and mother- the truth at the heart of the matter is my desire to CHOOSE God’s will over my own. To choose His desires over my own, the needs of others over my own, my husband’s role and authority over my own, being more attentive to my children over my “to do” list. I can look at the things on my plate for the day and discern each action based on what I can see through that Biblical lense…choose based on God’s priority and not my own. To truly serve the Lord in everything I do.
And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
What happens if I don’t? What if I know the way the Lord would have me choose and I turn the other way?
Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not CHOOSE to fear the Lord, since they wouldn’t accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways, and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.
Each day is a choice. I can choose to serve Him, seek Him, see Him, thank Him, worship Him…I can choose to have ears to hear and eyes to see…I can choose to read His Word and respond or rebel. We have been free to make choices since God created us. We just have to be sure to know and understand that with this freedom comes great responsibility. Blessings, curses… consequences.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed…Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I can choose my gods…money, job, sports, my time, my home, my status…or I can choose MY GOD.
Lord, I pray that you will help me discern your will over my own and your priorities above my own. I pray that I will seek you in all things and do nothing out o selfish ambition or vain conceit. I pray that, in humility, I will value others above myself and do not look to my own interests but to the interest of others. (Philippians 2) Amen.