Joshua doesn’t say: “either serve the Lord or take a vacation”. Instead he’s asking: whom would you prefer to serve?” Not serving at all is not even an option. How come?
If we look around we may notice that everything seems to be interconnected. We affect each other – both in good and bad ways – whether we look at human societies or ecosystems, the tiniest part of any system plays an important role and ultimately affects everything.
Fashioning the universe, the Trinity created multiple networking systems, mirroring the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who in my book are the epitome of collaboration – they practically invented networking. Following are a few examples of how the Trinity interacts with one another:
- The Son has the Father’s back: John 3:35: “The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands.”
- Father and Son are seamlessly working together: John 5:17: “Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”
- Jesus loves to imitate His Father: John 5:19: “So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
- The Father shows His Son everything – no secrets are kept: John 5:20: “The Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing.”
- The Father turns all authority of judging over to His Son. John 5:22: “In addition, the Father judges no one, Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge.”
- The Holy Spirit serves as Jesus’ representative after His departure from planet Earth: John 14:26: “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
- The Holy Spirit came down and stayed with Jesus when He started His ministry: Luke 3:22 “and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him [Jesus] like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
- Jesus listens to the Holy Spirit and follows Him into the wilderness: Luke 4:1: “Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness.
- Jesus is very protective of the Holy Spirit: Luke 12:10: “Anyone who speaks against the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.”
The universe was wired by a serving Trinity, no wonder we are not created independent but interdependent! And while we are created to serve one another, it’s still up to us how we serve. It all hinges on our outlook on life. Whom do we look up to? Whom do we admire? That’s the one whom we serve, as it is so beautifully described in the book of Psalms (Psalm 123:2):
“Like a servant’s eyes on his master’s hand, like a servant girl’s eyes on her mistress’s hand, so our eyes are on the Lord our God until He shows us favor.”
We can look up to the Trinity as our role model, or we can look down to the unholy trinity: Me, Myself and I, become self-serving and abuse the world around us. It’s up to us. As Joshua put it: we have to make a choice.
Like night and day, there’s a huge difference between serving ourselves and serving the Lord. We basically choose to either be a blessing or a curse. The bottom line is: we will always serve! Let’s make the right decision as to whom we’re serving.
“I will serve Thee because I love Thee” Bill Gaither