If you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. ...
As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. -Joshua 24:15 NLT

Serving is a choice. We choose how we serve and who we serve. It is about priorities and prioritization. No one chooses to do something that that is not important to them. And with regard to faith, it is sometimes a matter of denying ourselves, picking up the cross of service and following Jesus. As the Lord said, no one can serve two masters.

So what does it mean to serve the Lord? I think that it is answered in two parts. Negatively, serving involves denying want we want in deference to others. Positively it means that we pick up Love's Cross. In essence one cannot serve unless their service involves sacrificial love. Such is the nature of serving. Such is the heart of Jesus Christ.

I am selfish Lord. Help me to take my eyes of myself and look to the needs of others. Help me to choose to serve.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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