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We Will Serve the Lord!

Joshua 24:15

But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgOne of my father’s sayings was – if you’re old enough to make your own rules – you’re old enough to find your own roof. I think he came up with that by reading today’s passage – where Joshua tells the people of Israel to follow the Lord or follow other gods from the land – but as for me – and my family – we’re going to follow the Lord.

If you are a Christian – when did you decide to follow Jesus? When did you decide that following the gods of the world wasn’t going to cut it? When did you decide that as for you – as far as it depended on you – you were going to obey and follow the Lord?

Joshua faced a time like this where he had to take a stand. Taking a stand is not always easy dear readers. A familiar statement goes like this – if you stand for nothing – you will fall for anything. I have added to this thought – if you take a stand for anything – you are going to make yourself a target for someone to disagree with you. When we take a stand – we are bound to have someone take offense to our stance.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. Joshua 24:1–15 – 1Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac, 4 and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt. 5 “‘Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out. 6 When I brought your people out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen  as far as the Red Sea.  7 But they cried to the Lord for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them. You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived in the wilderness for a long time. 8 “‘I brought you to the land of the Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you took possession of their land. When Balak son of Zippor, the king of Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor to put a curse on you. 10 But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand. 11 “‘Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into your hands. 12 I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out before you—also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your own sword and bow. 13 So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.’ 14 “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.”

If you haven’t taken a stand yet – if you haven’t decided where you stand yet – with Jesus or not – I urge you to take a stand today. This is not about a singular issue or topic but about your stand with Jesus or not.  Today – with Joshua – take a stand and say – 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)

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 12, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , ,

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