“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose this day whom you will serve . . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:7
Yesterday I was talking to a friend who mentioned something he had heard from a friend of his own. That addiction could be the essence of human existence. The best way to break a habit is replace it with a new one. It’s as if somehow we can’t act in a way that isn’t obsessively habitual.
I think the best explanation for this is that humans can never ultimately be their own masters. We must serve one thing or another, and that one thing has control over how we act. As Jesus says in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.”
Do you serve Christ? Or something of this world? By verbally acknowledging Jesus as Lord, you begin to submit to him as master of your life. Notice I said you begin to submit. While confession is a choice, true submission is a process.
Paul talks about the inner struggle between the law of God (“the law of my mind”) and the law of the flesh. He says, “They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.” (Galatians 5:17) Even when we acknowledge that God’s will is best, we still desire to serve other things.
But God is able to conquer our hearts. Ezekiel 11:19 says “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.” Life is much more satisfying when we submit wholly to Jesus as our Lord. Ask God to replace your heart of stone and begin the process of surrender.