And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15 KJV)
The LORD brought the Israelites into the land He had promised to give them through Joshua. Joshua, the great Israelite military general, spoke to the Israelites as they were preparing to settle down in their allotted portions of lands and said: “choose you this day whom ye will serve”. He then made his decision plain to them by saying, “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD”.
Following God and serving Him is a choice. Our will, or heart, is not only what God is after but is what Satan is pursuing with all his might. That is the part of us that we protect very jealously. Choosing God is not a one-time decision. It is not a choice we make once and forget about it. Yes, there is a time when we accepted to surrender our lives to Him as our Lord and Savior. However, we continue to choose Him every day.
Do you know we choose God daily with the little decisions we make with our emotions, thoughts, words and actions? Yes, when we choose to love rather than hate, we are choosing to serve God. When we choose to walk in holiness rather than give in to that sexual temptation, we choose God. When we decide to bless rather than curse someone, we are choosing God. When we choose to give our time and talents to advance His kingdom, we are choosing Christ.
Joshua is speaking these words down the centuries to us today and saying to us to choose this day to serve God with our lives. Let us join him to serve the Lord with our whole house!
Take a moment to think over this: you continue to choose the Lord every day with your life.
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God is longing for our hearts, and that is what Satan is also after. We have the final authority in this life to choose whom we will serve. Choose this day to serve the Lord.
Ask the Spirit for the grace to be willing to serve Him with your entire life every day.