Choose This Day Whom You Will Serve

Our worship leader prayed for the persecuted Church this morning and, as he did so, I couldn’t help but think of what I have heard about the persecuted Church praying for us, that we will experience persecution so that the Church here can grow. That may sound funny since it seems like there is a church building on almost every corner, but there is more to being a part of the Church than just walking through the door of a building once or twice a week.

The fact is, it is too easy to say you’re a Christian in this country. Although we are becoming a minority, many people still respect “religious” people so we’re okay. If Christianity were to suddenly be illegal, I wonder how many of us would boldly say, “Yes, I’m a Christian.”

Before you raise your hand and say, “I would,” evaluate the way you live your life. Have you truly surrendered every area to Him, making sure everything you do, say, and watch pleases Him? Sometimes I think it is easier to die for Him than it is to live for Him and, yet, if you don’t live for Him now, how do you expect to stand in the midst of persecution?

Like most Americans, I have a pretty comfortable life. My needs are provided, I have a family who loves me and, therefore, much to be thankful for. I am very grateful that I don’t have to fear for my life, or the lives of my family members. At the same time, there should be nothing that I am unwilling to give up if God asks me to. Trust in God means knowing that He knows what’s best for me, and He has a plan whether I understand it or like it … or not.

So today, I too am praying for the persecuted Church. May God continue to encourage them and give them grace to stay strong in the midst of the persecution. May He use them to draw others to Him, and may He have mercy on America. May we use our freedom, not for our own pleasure, but for His honor and glory. If we don’t, we very well may experience the horrible things our Brothers and Sisters in other countries are going through. Then we won’t be able to live lukewarm lives. We will either be on fire for God, or we will do what we need to in order to keep our comfortable lives and, in doing that, we will lose them.

Please don’t wait until you are forced to make a decision. Decide today that nothing is more important than pleasing the Father who gave His only Son so that you could spend eternity with Him. He has given so much for you. Today, He asks you to give your life and everything you own back to Him. I pray you will say Yes.

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Sony Elise

Sony has been an avid southern gospel fan since she first heard The Happy Goodman Family on a cassette in the mid-1980s. She is the co-founder of Family Renewal and the owner of Sony Elise Editing Services.

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  1. James Colville
    Reply November 01, 18:05 #1 James Colville

    Amen!
    Well said sister!

  2. Scott Bouldin
    Reply November 02, 19:13 #2 Scott Bouldin

    Last Sunday, I preached a message titled ‘Choose You This Day…’. Thank you for posting this entry. It was well said and much needed!

  3. Odeliya
    Reply November 06, 13:52 #3 Odeliya

    Sweetheart, first of all your posts are ever lovely, inspired and wonderfully intelligent.

    Something made me wonder though. Maybe I misunderstood you. Who are ‘we’ in “we are becoming a minority”? Number of Christians is down from 78% in the year 2007, yet we still are absolute majority, 70.6% of us in USA.

    I was just curious for my own understanding. Thanks in advance! If there is disagreement, don’t worry, I won’t pursue it further and will agree to disagree. I treat other people blogs like I treat their homes – I never argue against the expressed beliefs of the owner(s), seeing it as impolite.

    • Sony Elise
      Reply November 08, 13:32 Sony Elise

      Hi Odeliya, I too can agree to disagree. :) I guess I would like to know where that statistic comes from. The statistics I’ve seen indicates that Christianity is declining every year and, based on what I see, 70.6% seems high, even if you’re just talking about people who attend church. If there are still that many, that’s great but I also know that many church goers don’t believe the Bible to be infallible, don’t believe it’s important to live a holy life, etc.

  4. Odeliya
    Reply November 10, 16:10 #4 Odeliya

    http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/

    public opinion polling data acceptable as trustworthy and reliable for political, marketing and academic purposes, Pew Research Center.

    I do think I understand what you meant though, you refer not to just all people in US proclaiming Christianity as their religious affiliation but those striving to act and live in Christ-like manner.

    If that’s the case I agree, I would even take it further – not minority, but rather rarity :)Thanks, Sony!

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