"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." -- Joshua 24:15
All of life boils down to choices. The choices we make often define us. From the moment our alarm clocks sound in the morning, we make choices. Get up or hit the snooze? Cereal and toast or eggs and bacon? Beef or chicken? You get the idea. Some choices may seem minor at the time, but all of our choices bear consequences, either quickly or cumulatively.
The most important choice we make in life is to acknowledge that we are sinners and receive Jesus as our Savior. But our choice to follow him doesn't end there. It isn't enough to receive him as Savior; we must also choose to let him reign in our lives as Lord. The difference that one choice alone can make in our lives cannot be emphasized enough. Surrendering to his Lordship is what takes us from living a carnal, ordinary existence like everyone else to living an abundant and fruitful life which results in joy and peace.
A person who professes belief in Christ but lives according to the world's value system is a miserable person indeed. While God gives us the freedom to make our own choice to wholeheartedly follow or reject his teachings, the person who chooses to dabble in worldly sin and idle philosophies can never experience the true freedom of obedience to God's Word and will for his life.
What side of the fence are you on this morning? Are you walking in total surrender to his will and obedience to his Word, or are you straddling the fence by keeping one foot in the world as you live life on your terms? I have lived both ways and found that the grass is far greener on God's side of the fence.
If you want this to be an outstanding year, then make living for God your top priority. Everything else somehow falls into place when we choose to give God first place in our lives.