Are You Able to Serve the Lord?
by Jim Hughes
Then Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the LORD, for He is a holy and jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve other gods, He will turn against you and destroy you, even though He has been so good to you.” – Joshua 24:19-20 (NLT)
Are you able to serve the Lord? Or, does your independent spirit, and sins, keep you away from God? Because He is holy, God will not let you draw near to Him if you are not living humbly before Him. If you have other things in life you are going after other than God, He will let you go. He will turn His back on all who would forsake Him.
In fact, He will turn against you if you turn against Him. The Lord is jealous and will not share His love and devotion with anyone or anything. He desires all of your love and devotion. If you are not willing to give it to Him, you just need to know that the Lord will not be in your corner. He will not bless you. Unless you repent and give Him His rightful place in your life, He will bring you down. Guaranteed.
Notice that Joshua told the people that if they forsook the Lord and chased after other gods that the Lord would not forgive their rebelliousness and sins. A god would be anything that takes the place of God in one’s life. Anything or anyone we value more than God becomes a god to us. God will not tolerate such behavior. There is no hope of salvation for anyone who forsakes God and chases after other gods. The Lord will not share our loyalties. Until Jesus has all of our hearts, we are not able to serve Him. God must be Lord of our hearts.
Are you able to serve the Lord? Have you settled the issue as to who is Lord of your life? Can you honestly say that Jesus is your all-consuming desire, that you live for Him alone? If Jesus is not Lord of your heart, God will turn His back on you unless you repent. Destruction is certain for all who forsake the Lord and chase after other gods.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
Readers can visit my webpage. I tweet at 4248 and I post devotionals at my blog and on Facebook. You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.