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)
Joshua never beat around the bush or tried to be politically correct. When he felt like something needed to be said, he said it. Sometimes I feel like saying theses exact words to folks who whine, gripe and complain about their life, even while I’m trying to exhort them to hold on to Jesus. The “buts,” “what ifs,” and “howevers” can really clog up whatever it is that God wishes to accomplish in their lives. But we must make an ultimate choice, one way or another. The sooner we make the decision to choose God, the better our outlook becomes. Obviously, God wants us to choose Him first and quickly, before things really do become a big mess.
Besides, what’s the alternative? Do we really want to go back to the gods of our past? Did money, alcohol, sex, drugs, careers and control meet our needs and satisfy us? Since we’ve all tasted and seen God’s deliverance and sweet grace, then why would we even falter in choosing His Word? I suppose it’s because Satan is really, really, good at what he does. He can condemn us into thinking that we are not good enough for God’s divine intervention, so we go looking for a god who we suppose can fill the need, so the importance of staying in The Word and understanding our position and calling in Christ!
If we don’t know who we are and how our Heavenly Father operates, then how do we know how to live and act in this fallen world? “But, as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!” When was the last time you said that out loud? When was the last time your spouse, children and grandchildren heard you say that? We really need to say it often and loud enough for everyone to hear. People, including our families, need to know where we stand and so does Satan. Let’s never be embarrassed of our God or to take a stand for His Kingdom because He was not too embarrassed to hang naked on a cruel cross to reconcile you back to Himself.
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Faith to Receive on March 2nd, 2019 - Watch Sermon