Joshua 24:14-15 “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. 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 really sit and think about it for a little while, life is full of choices. In reality, a lot of who we are, what we do, and the life we live depends upon our personal choices. For example, had I made the choice to become a meteorologist instead of entering ministry my life would look very different. I would have not gone to the school I went to, I would not have met Bekah, I would probably not live in Conway, and I would have to wear a tie to work everyday…. Yikes.
Although life is full of decisions and choices, there is one that trumps them all. Who will you say the Lord is? Whether we realize it or not, everyone is claiming something as Lord whether they say it out loud or not. For some people it’s money, for others it’s their kids, and for some, it’s their favorite sports team. However, there is only one true Lord and only He is worthy of our praise, devotion, and service, and His name is Jesus.
In Joshua 24 there is a decision to be made. The question at hand was who would the people of Israel declare as Lord. Would they follow the one true God, or would they desert their beliefs and follow the gods of other cultures. One thing that I find interesting is that Joshua is not watering down what it means to follow the Lord, he isn’t begging for followers like a teenage girl on social media, and he isn’t really even concerned about how many of them choose our God over the pagan gods. The reality is that following the Lord was and still is a very personal decision. It should not be taken likely, it should not be done begrudgingly, and it should not be forced upon people. All of those things lead to apathetic followers who do more harm than good.
So, if you’re going to follow, follow wholeheartedly, don’t be half in and half out because you can’t be, we weren’t given that option. Be dedicated, be consistent, and be obedient! I will not water it down and tell you it’s easy, I won’t beg you, and I won’t make you feel guilty for not following Jesus, but I will tell you as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.