“But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
The Lord had Joshua pull together all the tribes of Israel to have a history lesson with them. In Chapter 24 the Lord went over all the works that He had performed on their behalf to bring them where they were standing on that day. After they had seen God’s hand move on their behalf so many times in their lives, it seems somewhat ironic that God would say to them “choose today whom you will serve”. It seems like a no brainer to me. The gods of their ancestors were no longer found and the Amorites were run off so their gods were of no use. The only God who stood up for His people was the mighty Jehovah of Israel.
Both Christian and non-Christian have multiple choices to make each and every day. We choose to do right or we choose to do wrong. We choose to be selfish or we choose to be selfless. We choose to believe in something that is greater than ourselves or we don’t. The evidence is clear to those who are looking for it. To those who are not the evidence is nothing more than hearsay or myth.
Having a free will to choose for yourself makes all decisions your own choice and not a decision that has been imposed upon you. That is the beauty of Christianity, yet ignorance and misunderstanding has led non-believers away from God. It is a general assumption that God is a tough taskmaster who demands obedience. The truth is that we obey because it is our desire to obey based on all we know the Lord has done for us. Show the world Christ’s love rather than just talk about it and make a lasting difference in your sphere of influence. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Entire Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.