Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (KJV)
“Hold the pickles hold the lettuce. Special orders don’t upset us. All we ask is that you let us serve it your way…” Since 1974 this catchy tune has been the philosophy that Burger King used in attracting and keeping their patrons. “Have It Your Way” has been so engrained in us as a society we apply it everywhere.
During my 19 years as a middle school teacher I saw this philosophy at work in students, parents, teachers and administrators. If everyone is “having it their way”, where is the standard? Really as a selling point it’s fantastic, but as a general philosophy of life it’s a TRAIN WRECK. It works when we apply “Have It Your Way” to our meal preferences, and it creates an enjoyable dining experience. But, beyond that its applications are very limited.
Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (KJV)
In recent years, this mindset has come rolling into the church. We want to pick and choose which parts of the Bible to preach. We work at creating the perfect mood for worship. Everything has become focused around our comfort. We have distorted our view of God. We have replaced the throne of the All Powerful Creator with a Phone to the ever pleasing Caterer.
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)
We have followed the way of the world and departed from the righteousness God is calling us to express in our lives. We must bow our wills to the “will of the Lord” and re-establish the righteousness that exalts a nation. That righteousness only comes from Christ, and cannot be accomplished our own way. (Proverbs 16:25)
What will it take for our generation to turn back to God, and give up our Fast-food approach to FAITH. We cannot keep God on the phone as our ever pleasing Caterer. We must serve Him and not expect that He serves us. God will again establish His favor upon His people when we recognize Him as Lord. God is the Creator. We choose to serve Him for His glory not our own. “Have It Your Way” is fine for the drive thru on vacation, but it will not work on the road to eternal life in heaven.
1 Kings 18:39 When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces and they said, The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God! (AMP)
Ask yourself today am I serving God or am I expecting God to serve me?
Remind yourself Jesus Christ is not Burger King – He is King of Kings!
Thank you,Susan Lasky for the seed of thought that grew into this devotional message.