Reuben, our six year old, beloved firstborn, son came home with a sticker on his shirt, which read “I voted” and I asked him, what that meant. He replied that in order to teach the importance of voting and what it means to vote for someone, his teacher in school, asked all the students in his classroom to vote for their best author, positioning two of well known children’s book authors on a ballot.
November 6, 2012, (Election day), all American citizens were expected to vote for who they wanted to be their President – Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Some voted and some did not. Those who voted, had to choose between Obama and Romney. Supporters of Obama, related to the campaign motifs of “Hope”, “Change” and “Forward” while supporters of Romney hoped that the change to go forward would be through Romney’s presidency. Either way, voters had to elect this day, who they wanted to serve them.
John F. Kennedy, past President of the United States, in his 1961 Inaugural address said “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Echoing this motif, while it is important to elect the person whom you want to serve you, what is of even greater importance is electing the person whom you want to serve.
Points to ponder:
Electing an author or a temporary president is our duty and is important, but electing Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrew 12:2) and the eternal President of all presidents (King of all kings – Revelation 19:16), is even more important. All must elect, not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:25-28).
Jesus is the only HOPE of all nations (Matthew 12:21), the one who can CHANGE us into a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and he is asking you to “Get up and come FORWARD. (Luke 6:8; NASB)”
I vote today, “As for me and my house, I ELECT to serve the Lord, the One True God, Jesus Christ.” (Joshua 24:15). What about you? Elect you this day, whom ye will serve … Today is your day of Election (2 Corinthians 6:2). Ask not what God can do for you, ask what you can do for God.
Matthew 20:25-28 (KJV)
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto [served], but to minister [serve], and to give his life a ransom for many.
Joshua 24:14-15 (KJV)
14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.