Scripture Reading:  Joshua 24:14-18

“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.  Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond 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.”  (Joshua 24:14,15)

We all have choices to make.  We make them everyday of our lives.  However, there are some choices that we make which have major consequences.  This is especially true in matters of faith.

Joshua called the people of God to choose.  They could choose to fear God and to serve Him or they could choose to follow the pagan gods that were in the land they had taken possession of.  They had to make the choice themselves.

If we choose to follow the Lord God, we must have a holy reverence for Him.  We must desire to know Him in all His being.  We must bow before Him in faith and worship Him alone as God.  And we must serve Him in sincerity and faithfulness.  In other words, we must take our faith in Him seriously.  We must act upon what we way we believe.  This includes putting away the false gods in our lives — those things we love more than we love God.  We must put away anything that hinders or interferes with our relationship with God.

Jesus sated the matter plainly — “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.  You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24).  When it comes to matters of faith, there is no middle ground.  We must choose whom we will believe and serve.

Let me mention one more interest fact about this passage.  The Hebrew verb “to choose” is in the continuous tense — it involves continuous actions.  While it is true that at some point in our lives we must make the basic choice to believe and to follow Jesus, we must also continually choose to serve Him and to obey Him.  Daily we must make the choice.  To be more accurate, we must make the choice minute by minute.

Joshua made his choice clear — “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  What about you?

Lord Jesus,  I choose to follow You.  I desire to serve You in sincerity and faithfulness.  I know You are God and therefore I bow before You in reverence.  Enable me to choose to follow and to obey You throughout this day.


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