Bible Ballistics: BBs #148 Truth or Tradition???
After a recent conversation I have been brought to ponder God’s call on us? What does He call His followers to be, to do, to live and to believe? It brings me this morning to a passage of great decision. A passage that calls us to examine our selves, our lives, our belief and make a choice! You will make a willful choice, or a choice of consequence? What do I mean by a choice of consequence? I simply mean that to claim to make no choice in regard to God and His Son Jesus Christ, is to ‘make a choice’—the worst choice. To choose not to choose is choosing your own demise.
“Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15
Joshua, at the end of his life calls all of Israel to come to him and issues this challenge. A challenge to “deliberately”, “intentionally” make a choice to follow God and serve HIM. He called them to forsake the failures of their parents, to reject the failures of their culture and choose God. If you would, to get ‘all in or all out’!!!
What does this have to do with my earlier conversation? Well, almost all of us will come to some crises in life and have to choose whether we will believe God and HIS Word or the traditions that we have practiced in the past, maybe even our whole lives. It doesn’t matter if it’s traditions of our parents, a religious order, or an intellectual agenda. Jesus himself reminds us of this same principle in Matthew 6:24:
“No man can serve two masters:
for either he will hate the one,
and love the other;
or else he will hold to the one,
and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
While we often restrict this passage to money or financial principles, and it does include ‘money’, it is also a general principle of life—You can’t have two “first loves” in your life. Jesus said you will make a choice—consciously or unconsciously!!! Our behavior will reveal our choice!
So??? Here’s our shot for today!!! What have you chosen? What are you choosing right now? Are you wrestling with whether to cling to God and HIS Word regardless of what you will have to let go of? Or are you clinging to that which is a “comfort food” to your life and soul? We must take Paul advise and seek to be “approved unto God” not man—including our own fleshly comforts and habits.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Study GOD’s WORD!!!
Trust GOD’s WORD!!!
Obey GOD’s WORD!!!
So, “choose you this day whom ye will serve”, but “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”!!! Check your choice–Tradition or Truth??? It’s your choice!!!