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)
We can almost hear Joshua’s tone of voice as he confronts his people with the ultimate choice we all have to make. What matters most to us? Doing our thing our way, or bowing to the demands of our holy God? I can feel exasperation as I hear Joshua’s frustration, knowing what their choice will mean.
I remember as a child if I wanted an ice cream, there was only a vanilla cone to buy. Now in a supermarket, it seems as though there is a quarter of a mile of choices for goods of every kind. The options are overwhelming. Shopping can be an anxiety-inducing operation!
But not so with God. His servant Joshua lays it on the line: yes, you have the choice, to serve other gods and idols, against your better judgment. But if you do, there will be a price to pay. The cost is eternal separation from the God who paid the price on the Cross. Who in their right mind would choose that?
Joshua knew what choice he had made: to serve the Lord. It has been said that if Jesus is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. The choice is ours. ‘What will you do with Jesus, neutral you cannot be. One day your heart will be asking: what will He do with me?’
This is the third 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 David Cohen, a good friend of PEER Servants, and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Moringa Associates in Australia.