November 24, 2019 - Bulletin Article
MOVING FORWARD: MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE
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 24:15
Life is full of choices. Every day we are compelled to make moment-by moment choices that impact to a large degree how our day is going to turn out. We are also often engaged in making larger life choices that have a great influence on our lives. But there is only one choice that we can ever make that affects all other choices, both big and small, and this choice is that which will determine our final destiny.
Our final destiny is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice. So Joshua, at the age of 110 calls the people of Israel and challenges them to make a choice - between serving other gods, or serving the one, true God.
If Joshua was addressing us today, what would his challenge be to us? I imagine it would be something like this: “If serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves whom you will serve: whether popularity, career, or money; whether the praise of people, or your collection of possessions; whether relationships or social media or sports or politics. But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”
To echo what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, "No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Maybe money is not a problem for you. Perhaps something else is dividing your desire to serve God. When we are more attached to things, people, or even ourselves, we cannot serve God wholeheartedly.
Joshua 24:15 draws a line in the sand. You must choose this day whom you will serve. Joshua made a radical, public statement: "I have chosen the Lord!" Like Joshua, have you made a clear choice for yourself and your family to serve the Lord alone?
Choose wisely now for eternity.
Love and blessings,