The Verse of the Day for November 8, 2016 comes from the Old Testament where Joshua makes a bold declaration to the Children of Israel:
Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Take a look at this rendering in the Holman Christian Standard Bible:
But if it doesn’t please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshipped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living. As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.”
In a recent blog post I noted that just as the question was raised by Joshua when he confronted the Israelites, as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, so the question is raised to believers today, “Whom are you going to serve or worship this day?”
Paul speaks of offering our bodies as “a living sacrifice.”
Romans 12:1 (NLT):
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him
The Amplified Bible puts it this way: “. . . which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.” Indeed, we can now clearly see that service is worship, and worship is service.
Here is an expression our heart’s desire to worship and serve the Lord, as we present ourselves as a living sacrifice and offer ourselves and say:
At Your Service
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Remember that the Lord will give
you an inheritance as your reward,
and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
At your service, we will gladly do all that you ask,
It does not matter how great or small may be the task.
We are not forced to serve you; we could choose to refrain,
But when we give, it is never totally in vain.
If we perform this service, then what will we receive?
Blessings so much greater than all that we can conceive.
To serve you with all that lies within us, as we should,
As Christ poured out his life’s to achieve a far greater good.
Since you ask us, yes, we are willing to pay the price.
We will go to the limit and make the sacrifice
To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Lord, all of our days,
To offer our very lives, as we consider our ways.
Our lives of devoted service forge a legacy
To inspire others as we fulfill our destiny.
We conclude our comments with Ron Kenoly singing a song based on the Verse of the Day: “As for Me and My House.”