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Friday, October 23, 2009


If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

Sometimes choices can complicate life. Eating out is a case in point. When I lived overseas, the choices were easy. Walk into a restaurant (one of three from which to choose) and the waitress hands you a menu. One page. Nothing on the back. Options included chicken, fish, and hamburger. Thirsty? Select cola, ice tea or coffee. Like some dessert? Try frozen yogurt or a fruit dish.

It never took long to decide what to have.

That all changed when I moved back to America. Walk into a restaurant (one of a hundred from which to choose) and the waitress hands you a menu. Dessert choices alone fill a page -- front and back. Dinner offerings fold out to three pages. A year after returning home I still felt paralyzed by all the choices. To keep my sanity, I often simply ordered a burger and fries.

But if you think three pages of menu choices can complicate life, consider that Jesus offers us only two choices -- follow Him or reject Him. You’d think it wouldn’t take long to decide.

And for some, it doesn’t.

But many men and women, even after years of staring at the menu, remain undecided. They're still studying the choices, front and back, looking for a better deal.

There isn’t any better deal. That’s why God repeatedly warns us to choose -- today -- whom we will serve. Choose -- today -- to follow Christ.

And Scripture makes it very clear, one day the restaurant will close its doors. When that happens, the chance to choose will disappear.



Gary said...

And as a friend says repeatedly, not making a choice is a choice ...

Richard Maffeo said...

Yes. Absolutely right. We see that occurring all the time in so many venues. But adding that very clear truth would have, I reasoned, diverted attention from what I wanted to say.

Laura said...

I don't feel undecided, I do believe. I don't pray consistently, I don't attend church on a regular basis but I feel His presence. Am I undecided??

Richard Maffeo said...

Laura, I would never presume to answer that question for you. I struggle enough with my own faith journey to judge where you (or anyone else) are in yours. God knows far more about us and our motives and hurts and needs and questions and doubts than we know ourselves. Peace be with you.