“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15)
Do you multitask? Maybe you are multitasking right now as you read this. Does it really help you get more done? Does it really help you save time? It is interesting that while more and more research says that multitasking isn’t really helping us, more gadgets are developed to “help” us multitask.
Douglas Merrill, contributing writer to Forbes, business owner, and former CIO and VP of Engineering at Google, recalling many meetings where the participants tried to work and pay attention at the same time noted:
“When it comes to two dissimilar tasks, each of which require some level of consideration and attention, multitasking falls apart. Information doesn’t make it into short term memory, then it can’t be transferred into long-term memory for recall, later. And if you can’t recall it, you can’t use it.”
Throughout the history of the Israelites, you see instances of what we could call “spiritual multitasking.” Instead of having no other God, the religious ways of other nations crept into their lives … a god or goddess to look to and even serve for each different kind of problem.
Therefore Joshua exclaims, “Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the river (v. 14).” In other words, “Quit your spiritual multitasking… it doesn’t do you any good.”
Today, we easily feel like we need to have our bases covered, too. Constant worry about money vs. trusting God to provide for our needs and guide us in stewardship. Ten different marriage self-help books vs. trusting God to guide us in serving and forgiving and communicating.
Sometimes we try to convince ourselves that we can serve the LORD along with the false gods of our own laziness, our own lusts, our own worldly goals and ambitions. Then what happens?
Like the meetings at Google, we start missing some important things about our God. It becomes harder for us to recall how gracious the LORD has been to us. We forget that he alone is our Savior. And making other people and other things into our saviors ultimately lets us down in the worst way as we turn away from the only God who ever could save us. In a sense, we walk out of the meeting so we can continue our spiritual multitasking and we are left with nothing.
We don’t need to “multitask” when it comes to finding salvation. It is only found in one place. No, not all religions or gods are the same. There is ONE who stands out as different from all the rest: Jesus.
He doesn’t require you to work to earn your salvation. He doesn’t ask you to perform certain rituals to prove that you are sorry. He simply says, “Look at what I have done for you and believe that it is truly for you.” The one God we need to follow and pay attention to is Jesus and only Jesus for only he can give us what we really need: eternal life in heaven.
Happy that our Lord Jesus Christ, is all I need, just like you!