What will or better yet, what is your life marked by?
After the LORD retold Israel all He did for them, Joshua stands up and speaks up, without apology declaring for all to hear: “Choose you this day whom you will serve… but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
In my teaching yesterday, I emphasized that the group responded with a resounding YES! We too choose to serve the LORD. Then Joshua challenged them to what that really meant. Joshua 24:14-24
We don’t just serve the Lord from an emotional plea or from guilt or from a position of expertise in all that we can “do” for the Lord. We don’t serve the Lord just because He’s really nice and has done so much to better our lives. No, it’s apparent from the text that Joshua and his family already considered the cost. He already knew that God is holy and jealous, (Ex 20:5, 34:14) and yes, faithful in our dealings. I want my life to be marked as one who serves the LORD because He is worthy of it. (Rom 12:1-2)
Don’t allow your service to God to become idolatry in that it (the actual project or ‘to-do’ list) becomes more important than my heart for God, my worship toward God. Joshua 24:23
Ps 42:1-2 “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.”