Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bread for the Journey

It is our choice who we wish to serve. In Joshua's farewell message to the children of Israel, Joshua said, "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and truth!...and choose you this day whom ye will serve;...but as for ME and MY house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh.24:14-15) God is looking for people who will choose to serve HIM. We cannot go two directions at the same time. A choice has to be made. As we choose to serve Him, we become His representative, seeing the world through His eyes, ministering to it with His compassion.

I never forgot the time I saw my mother working as a volunteer in the Hospice ward. She was feeding patients with HIV/AIDS. Someone said to her, "Are you not worried about being infected by the disease? I wouldn't feed them if I was paid for it."
She smiled graciously and said, "I have chosen to serve Jesus Christ wherever He would send me, doing whatever He gave me to do."

This story speaks volumes to me. Who are you choosing to serve? This challenge is not for tomorrow, next week, or next year; it is a PRESENT challenge----choose you THIS DAY.
Joshua took a definite stand for the Lord. He displayed spiritual leadership. The way we live shows others the strength of our commitment to serving God.
This challenge is a personal one. What would your reply look like? The choice is yours.

7 comments:

  1. Joshua is one of my very favorite stories in the Old Testament. He had such a wonderful way of wording things. Thanks for reminding me this morning.

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  2. Preach it Marg! I hope we all choose wisely!

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  3. We are all serving something if not someone. My goal is to keep my eyes on Jesus. Everytime I allow my mind to dwell on things that I cannot control ..I stop seeing the world through his eyes. ..I stop ministering to others because I am self focused.
    Thanks for the great reminder Marg.

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  4. That's a great example of service your mother gave you Marg. It's good to say it out loud. I'm choosing to serve the Lord...

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  5. Timely message; thank you.

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  6. I worked as a social worker and therapist on a Native American nation for several years. The people who most embodied the concept you shared today were...surprise...the Mennonites. They were there to serve, not to convert, not to change people into replicas of them and their belief ...simply to serve where there was need. I have great respect for the selflessness , compassion and humility they modeled every day.

    And the recipes on this site are just astounding.

    Thank you for both.

    Michele

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