Whom Will We Serve
2 Chronicles 15:12-13 – and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel was to be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
Luke 14:26-27 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:33 “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Some powerful verses, aren’t they?
We have a choice to make; a choice between God’s will and our will. Are we going to follow our way and what we think is best or are we going to follow God? Which we choose will determine if we enter into the kingdom of God.
We can only choose if we know what our choice is. Therefore, we have to learn who God TRULY is and who we TRULY are. Only then can we decide. Otherwise we may be choosing ourselves and not realize it or choosing a false image of God, not God.
This choice is the one Adam had to make. He chose himself when he chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He decided he could choose what was right, good and best in his life. Like Adam, we all have this choice to make, our way or God’s. But first we have to see God and see ourselves.
Born into Self-Will (sin)
We are born in this world following our self (sin) – like the fallen Adam. Bound to this self will, we learn to trust our pride, strength, intellect, ideas of what good is, and goodness. Our trust is in us. What we trust is our idol/god. We experience life with us at the helm. We see what it manifests. We have no idea that there is another option because it is all we know. We are blinded to God’s way. We haven’t learned of it therefore can’t chose Him or walk in it. We will do what we know. What we know we trust.
Then something in our spirit awakens. We become aware that there is another way; to trust God instead of us. This first awakening is what people acknowledge with the “sinner’s prayer” – it’s simply awareness. This awareness plays out in four ways as in the parable of the sower of the field. Matthew 13 Only the seed, the Word, that falls on good soil continues on and prospers. Good soil is the soul nourished with the spirit and truth. Though many have awareness only a fraction choose God.
Seeking God to Choose Him
Until we seek God grounded in the Bible with the instruction of the Holy Spirit, we don’t have the information to make the choice of truly denying ourselves to follow God. John 6:45 One, we aren’t fully aware of the self that is contrary to God (sin is a symptom of self, it’s self, the source, we are to repent, turn from) second we don’t know God deeply enough to trust Him with our lives. How do you really trust what you don’t know?
At this awakening, we can choose to pursue God or not. Pursuing God means seeking Him with all our hearts to know Him deeply and personally. It isn’t easy. It takes commitment to diligently seek. We need to get to know God amidst all the deception that fills our lives, which keeps us from this very act. Lies like you don’t need to seek, you don’t need to read the Bible, you just need to do be a good person, and you are too busy. There are many counterfeit substitutes within spirituality to keep us from digging deeper so we can truly make a choice for God and believe.
If you believe there is gold in your backyard what will you do? Go dig. If you believe God is your God what will you do? Go dig. If you believe only God is righteous and you aren’t therefore you don’t know what is truly good, then you will seek God and His ways and truth because you are clueless. You’ll desire to draw near and know Him. Faith without works is dead. Faith is believing and trusting in God and His ways. You can’t follow what you don’t know. To truly know God as He is and not some image concocted by you or this world, you have to get to intimately know Him. You have to get to know God and His ways in order to follow them. You don’t choose what you don’t know and trust. Believe is a loaded word.
This need to seek is why the path is narrow to life and few find it. Matthew 7:13-14 It takes commitment and diligence in seeking God. This is why many are called few are chosen. Matthew 22:14 Of the called, few choose to seek out God and get to know Him as He is. For those who truly seek God, they are able to choose between themselves and God because they understand what the choice entails.
Christian Image – False Security
One of the greatest distractions from seeking is buying into the image of a follower of God. Once you think you’ve found, you stop seeking.
This “image of a Christian” keeps people from seeking. (One who lives the manufactured Christian lifestyle) This manufactured image misleads people into thinking they made a choice when they haven’t. This “image” has a fundamental trait – no real necessity to seek God to get to know Him. It deludes people into thinking they have God when they don’t because outwardly they’ve changed their actions. They have only heard the call but they haven’t sought to really be able to make the choice. They are still following self.
In Matthew 7:22-23, people were doing great acts in God’s name. But they were doing what they thought best, thus living by their righteousness and not God’s. They never spent time to really get to know God. They lived the image of a Christian but were far from truly being a Christian.
This is why God says to seek Him. Amos 5:4 In seeking, you get to see who He truly is and who you truly are. In that awareness, you are able to choose between Him and you. Choosing Him is believing in Him. Believing means He is Lord in word and action. This is true faith.
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February 1, 2011 at 1:14 am
But what IS the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Do a search: THE FIRST SCANDAL.
February 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Hi Robert — thanks for sharing, I’ll check it out.
February 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm
I read ‘Walking with God’ by John Eldredge a couple of years ago, which is like a years worth of journal entry’s. It was really a very enjoyable book to read. I especially liked one statement he made; “There is no greater tragedy for the human heart than this-to believe we have found life apart from God”. Our life with God should affect all our ‘choices’.
February 1, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Hi Mike – what a great statement … how true.
February 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm
A number of years ago, I was sat quietly meditating when the Lord abruptly interrupted my thoughts.
WHAT ADAM DID”!
It is strange when God speaks, sometimes it requires great searching to understand what he is meaning, other times the meaning comes with clarity like crystal.
This was the latter.
I knew immediately what Jesus was saying. Partly I knew because I had been contemplating the true nature of sin for a long time, and I knew it was not just about breaking rules. We are no longer under the Law!
God was taking me to task about me constantly using my own understanding of things for my chosen path.
Adam’s sin was merely a choice to be independent of God. I say “merely”, because it was such a single little foolish choice, in comparison to the way mankind mightily and boldly rejects God today.
However, just as God said to me, I do it every day, I, INDEPENDENTLY, MAKE THE CHOICES, I call the shots. I do it constantly every minute, every hour.
IT IS MY HUMAN NATURE!
I eat from the Tree of Knowledge, MY knowledge of what is right or wrong. My own independent intellect is far more important than the Tree of Life, Jesus.
That is also why I must die! Die to myself, that is.
We were made to live in communion with God, however, in practice, Christian routine is far easier.
This is why I left the church system. I wanted the Christian routine as far away from my life as possible.
Hearing God is far easier in the wilderness, away from the system!
February 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm
Hi Frank — You made some excellent points. You’re right it’s easier to just do a routine – than to seek God and truly walk as He directs each day – especially because His ways are not our ways. But it is the only way to true life. All else is a counterfiet going no where.
February 2, 2011 at 2:11 am
“Then something in our spirit awakens. We become aware that there is another way; to trust God instead of us.”
Hmm. But how does this happen? Do we “wake up” one day and think: I am going to seek God today. Or does it take The Spirit to call us to The Father?
I don’t honestly believe that people just become aware. There is nothing in us that wants God. We are The World; we war against Him. We are flesh; our flesh and spirits are ever fighting. Natural man cannot understand the things of The Spirit because..you get the picture.
How, Rachel, do we suddenly decide to want God, be aware of Him, or even stop hating Him as children of the devil?
February 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm
Hi — I think the wake up call happens differently for different people. But the point is we come to want to know God, a desire to seek Him as He is and it is Him awakening something in us. I agree the natural flesh man doesn’t desire Him – it is in rebellion.
February 3, 2011 at 1:14 am
“But the point is we come to want to know God, a desire to seek Him as He is and it is Him awakening something in us.”
Sweet. And so true, indeed. Thanks for the clarification, Rachel!
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December 24, 2011 at 1:30 am
Powerful verses…yes, they are. I can talk to you for days about them. I am glad you wrote about this so everyone is reminded. Thank you for your writings.