Yesterday I did a draft of this post and posted it here. I then realized I had rushed it and took it down – but, thinking it through, and rewriting it has yielded fruit in the three paragraphs below. I hope they are a blessing and challenge to you.
When you look back over something that has gone wrong, you can see that it was not just one big decision that brought things tumbling down. It is many small choices that either build something up - or tear it down. In our day and age we must choose whether or not we will make the choice to stand or fall. It says in Judges, after Joshua had conquered Canaan, that “there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel…And they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt.” (Judges 2:10, 12) If the people of Israel abandoned the Lord, that means that they had been taught about Him, and instructed, to some degree, to worship and serve Him. So what made them forget God? I believe it is because they did not continually think upon his word, store it up in their hearts, and serve Him alone.
We must choose this day who we shall serve. Is that a hard question? Or is the answer the thing that’s hard? Young men and ladies, serve the Lord - make him your King, use your life for his glory, serve others and Him with cheerfulness and sincerity; for that is what we were created to do. In the beginning, God made everything good, and since the fall, all of creation has been trying to get back to that state. Even though things will never be perfect until the new Creation, our lives should be ones which show that we know Christ will come again, and we must share this with the world.
To finish: Are we going to lose sight of the mark and fall, like the generation who did not remember the instruction of their fathers and forgot God? Or shall we strive, to the best of our ability, with the Spirit's help, to achieve the goals of the generation before us, remembering their godly instruction and set new goals for our children – doing all of this according to God's word to advance the Kingdom of our Lord. Our choice must be to stand for Christ.
Matthew 22:37 - And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all mind."
Written and Posted by William Moore