WHO WILL YOU SERVE? As Joshua prepared to die he gathered the leaders of all the tribes of Israel together, reviewed their history as a people under Jehovah God, and then told them to make a choice about who they and the people they represented would serve in the future. “And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah” (Joshua 24:15 ASV). Joshua was willing to take a stand for God even if he stood alone. But his testimony about where he stood and how he lived produced far reaching effects on the life of the nation of Israel. “And Israel served Jehovah all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua and had known all the work of Jehovah, that he had wrought for Israel” (Joshua 24:31 ASV).
As you enter our home you will see a plaque on our wall that says simply, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve…as for me and my house we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15. The plaque is not there for its beauty nor is it there because we are super spiritual. The plaque is there to simply remind us and others that it is our goal in life to serve the Lord and represent Him in the way we live. We have made a choice in life that is very important to us and affects the other choices we make in life. All of us make choices about what the focus of our life will be and what we will do in life. These choices will have temporal and eternal results and we need to seriously consider the choices we make.
The Apostle Paul said this about choices, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will’ (Romans 12:1-2 NIV). In essence Paul is saying what Joshua said; make a choice about the God you will serve and worship. Will it be the gods of this world or will it be the only True & Living God? Will you stand true to Him regardless of the cost? Who you will serve is your choice and it does have eternal results.