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May 15, 2016, 12:00 PM

The Choice Is Yours

by Greg Higgins


 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of 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 24:15

I feel like Joshua might ask this same question to the Christian church if he were alive today. Think about this question. The children of Israel had been delivered from Egypt. They had seen God sustain them in the wilderness. They watched as He delivered Jericho into their hands. Day after day, week after week and month after month, they watched God do amazing things.

 It was Moses at first and then Joshua who finished the journey. Now Joshua’s time had come to an end. He knew he would be dying soon and he wanted to remind the people one more time. See, up until this point they had relied on Moses and Joshua to be the voice of God. They had relied on them to point them in the right direction. Whether it was who to fight or where to take up residency for the time being, they heeded the council of them.

Now, Joshua’s time was coming to a close and he wanted them to know that the choice is now in their hands. They can choose to serve any number of gods they want. They can serve the false gods throughout the land. They could go back to worshipping the gods of the Egyptians. Then Joshua says that he chooses to serve the Lord. Not just any god or any lord but “The” Lord. This was the same Lord that said “I am” to Moses. The same One that delivered them at the Red Sea. The same One that caused Jericho to fall without a fight.

I wonder if Joshua would look at us and say the same type of thing. The scripture might be worded differently but it might sound something like this:

“Choose for yourself whom you will serve. Whether it’s the technology in your hand or the schedule that you have to keep. Perhaps the sporting even that you must attend. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

There is still only One God and He is still a jealous God. This is why Jesus said that “No man can serve two masters.” And He was right. You cannot serve God and your Facebook page. You cannot serve God and your grandchildren. You cannot serve God and anything else that exalts itself above Him. So, the question remains: Whom will you serve?


- Greg Higgins

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