We can make a god out of anything. We can make our jobs our god; our ambitions our god; our careers our god. Jobs will shut down; ambitions don’t always pan out; and careers can take a nasty turn — but Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).
Some make their houses, their money, their businesses, their education, their social status their god; some make their children or their spouse their god; and then some are like the Hebrews when Moses brought them out of Egypt — they pledged their allegiance to Jehovah when they came out but when times got tough they were looking back at Egypt.
I wonder, are any of us are like that? When things are good, we don’t have time for God or the church; but when trouble comes we run to the church!
Let me tell you about a miserable person: someone who is trying to live two lives. It’s stressful trying to serve two; trying to serve God and live for the devil. I can’t understand why people want to live like that when God has brought us these many years and has been faithful to us and has done just what He said; keeping our sons and daughters and lifting up a standard against the enemy when he comes in like a flood.
Why do folks want to serve a god who can’t deliver? A god who can’t heal? A god who can’t save? A god who two eyes but can’t see; two feet but can’t walk? A god who can’t make them feel good on the inside; can’t cause them to lift their hands in gratitude and bring tears to their eyes when they think about his goodness? Sinner, why not choose a God that gave His only son for you (John 3:16)? Who wakes you up every morning even though you don’t serve Him? Who takes care of you in a dangerous time? Why serve a devil who doesn’t like you — who wants to kill you, destroy your family and cause you to be lost?
I want ya’ll to notice something; those who choose the right God (Jehovah) are happy. They have a peace about them; they are content and satisfied. That’s what serving the true God will do. When Jehovah is the center of their life, He is the center of their worship!
You see, church and community, we can make a god out of anything; but before Jehovah God can really bless us as he desires, before we can receive our inheritance, before God can answer some of our prayers and work some things out, we must choose our god, and it must be the right god!
If you remember, in 1 Kings 18: 21 Elijah said to the Israelites, “How long halt you between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him … but if Baal, then follow him.” Joshua calls everybody together and lays it on the line, and I’m doing the same thing! Joshua said to them, “If it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, (as good as He has been to you), then choose you this day who you will serve.” But then he raises the bar: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).” Joshua couldn’t answer for the whole nation, but he could answer for himself; and each person reading this can answer for him or herself.
I don’t know what ya’ll are going to do. You can choose to play church, or you can choose to be for real and have some church. I call us to choose this day who you are going to serve; but as for me and my house, (no straddling of the fence) we will serve the Lord. And those that have made the right choice, aren’t you glad you made Jesus your choice? The Bible says in verse 16 that the people answered and said “God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods.” Church and community, when they said that, they chose their god!
I call us today to confirm before the world by our actions and our worship, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church.