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.”
Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
Years ago, a dear brother in Christ prayed a blessing over me. Three days later God called him to heaven. His last words made me want to passionately serve Jesus – with all my might. Joshua was giving his last word – in Joshua 24:15. You children of Israel, who are you going to serve? Over decades of following Jesus, I have returned to reflect on my walk with Him by asking myself this question again.
Where are our desires leading us? Do we reflect God with actions and attitudes full of the passion and strength Joshua showed? What we do at home matters. Private life reflects who we are and the God we serve. Ancestral and cultural ‘gods’ have no place in the life of families who want to serve Yahweh, the God of eternity.
Do we find ourselves disappointed at the end of the day with how we treated someone – someone dear to us, or a stranger? Our actions reflect who we were serving at the time.
A rich young ruler was reminded by Jesus that the greatest command is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27. Joshua was asking his followers, and us, to answer the same question in our families. Who are we going to serve?
This is the second in the “Strengthen the Family Unit” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence and is from the hand and heart of Kathi Cohen, a good friend of PEER Servants, and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Moringa Associates in Australia.