“…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.”
Happy, happy, happy…Tuesday (Duck Dynasty reference)!
We went to a small high school graduation ceremony a few weeks ago, and among other things, the graduates got to choose a verse that be read while they walked on stage. And so, because my time will be coming soon, I began thinking what my verse would be, and Joshua 24:15 has been impressed on my mind ever since.
Joshua had gathered all the people of Israel together to hear his “farewell” speech, and he had just gone through a long list of their history and all that the Lord had done through Israel. And then he gets to the meat…he tells them to choose who they will serve, either the “gods” of their ancestors or the Lord. But notice what Joshua does next- he makes a declaration that he will serve the Lord, no matter what others choose. He tells the people to decide what they will do, but that as far as he goes, he and his family will serve the Lord.
This past week, I was listening to a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley titled “Holding Too Tightly,” and it was about how as believers, we sometimes (or more) hold on to things too tightly that we need to let the Lord control…friendships, jobs, etc. Dr. Stanley made a great point that when we hold on to things too tightly, those things have become idols in our lives because we put them in front of Christ since we won’t surrender them to Him.
Just like Joshua said in verse 14, we need to throw away the idols and things we hold on to too tightly and let the Lord use them the way He sees fit (which doesn’t necessarily mean He’ll take those things away). For some, it’s sports. For others, it can be friendships or popularity.
Whatever it is (and I’m talking to myself here!), throw those idols away and serve the Lord.
Choose today whom you will serve, but as for me, I will serve the Lord.