Joshua 24:15, "but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
As with many memorable verses, this one is placed in a chapter filled with truth - both encouraging and challenging ... some easy to read and others difficult to hear.
This chapter includes some of Joshua's last words to the Israelite people. After taking the reins of leadership from Moses, Joshua led God's chosen people into the Promised Land. He's reminding them of God's goodness and protection. He's telling them God provided a place of refuge they did not work for. But there is a requirement:
"Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
If I could put Joshua's challenge into my own words it would be this:
Stop riding the fence. Choose one side or the other. But CHOOSE!
We serve a God who does not want lukewarm devotion. Yes, He loves us and accepts us just where we are in our faith. But He's longing for us to be moving towards Him with bold strokes - not treading water. In other words, with all faithfulness as Joshua said.
The words of Joshua have a challenge for me this year. To examine every area of my life and determine if I am truly and wholy submitted to God in that area. Am I still serving someone besides God in any area? Either myself or someone else? Or am I serving Him in "all faithfulness"?
There have been some areas I know I have not fully submitted to God, and the fruit in those areas is lacking. Here are some of those areas (I know there are more that God will reveal) that need examining in my life:
- My time
- My attitude about certain things
- My parenting of an adult child
- My commitments
- My ministry focus
- My writing
Instead of moving ahead into God's promises, the Israelites were holding on to beliefs of the past. Joshua gave them a challenge that applies to me as well: Choose to submit all areas of my life to God.
If God is calling you to examine an area of your life and make a choice, I invite you to share that here. Do it anonymously if you like. But this could be your day to choose.
In His Love,