Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 – A Time for Choosing

“Choose this day whom you will serve…as for me an my household we will serve the Lord.”  Joshua’s bold proclamation is the kind of refrain that gives us goosebumps.  His words cause something to well up inside of us.  He says what we all desire to say.  Joshua’s words are uplifting and inspiring.  They bring to mind paintings, stained glass windows, and needlepoint designs that bear his message.

Yet, Joshua’s words reverberate in other ways too.  His proclamation is demanding.  It requires something of us.  Joshua calls us to make a decision that is too important to delay.  “Choose this day…,” he commands.  Joshua’s words embody God’s claim on our lives.  Whom will we serve?  The gods of this world?  The idols among us?  Will we choose money and success over our Lord?  Intelligence and education over the God of Abraham?  Our own desires over God’s desires for our lives?  “Choose this day…” Joshua’s words echo in our ears and hearts.  Joshua presents to us a choice. However, it’s a choice we can make in grace knowing that God has already chosen us (John 15:16).

Finally, notice how the people respond after Joshua casts his family’s lot with the Lord.  The people cry out, “We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God!” (v. 18, 21).  Discipleship can begin with only one person.  If one person, or one family, commits to serve God, to stand boldly in the midst of others, perhaps others will follow.  What if one person, what if you and your family, chose this day to serve the Lord, would would that look like?  Would others follow?  What would happen if we all truly chose God’s way over the ways of the world?  Choose this day whom you will serve…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

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