Our Christian Obligation
Category : General
Joshua 24: 15 (KJV)
15 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.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” –Jim Elliot.
Joshua knew well that all service that was not free and voluntary could be only deceit and hypocrisy, and that God loves a cheerful giver. He therefore calls upon the people to make their choice, for God himself would not force them; they must serve him with all their heart if they served him at all. As for himself and family, he shows them that their choice was already fixed, for they had taken Jehovah for their portion.
It is an act of choice, of preference, to which you are called; one of the most familiar, every-day acts of the mind. You are called to change masters; to renounce the world as your portion and to choose God as your portion; to submit to His authority and control, and henceforth live, not to your self, but to Him who died for you and rose again. And this act of choice or preference is of the nature of a supreme, governing purpose of the mind–such a purpose as gives direction to the current of feeling and desire in the soul.
The choice, however, is not between religion and no religion. Man is a religious being. it is noted that religion is as necessary to his soul as breathing is to his body. To be religious is a necessity, but the kind of religion adopted is a matter of choice. In selecting religion, care should be taken to understand fully the merits of each. The antiquity and popularity of a system, though they show that such a system ought to be examined, are in themselves no arguments in favor of its truth. Truth is beautiful though hated and hooted by the majority of men. The diamond glitters however mean the setting. Like the diamond and the star, truth is beautiful everywhere and always.
In v.15 we see a two-fold exhortation. Joshua challenged the people to choose who they would serve and to get about it! They were to make a choice. He also set the example and laid down the gauntlet for the rest of the people by stating his clear intention to serve God.
The same choice stands before us this morning! It’s about time people got off the fence and made up their minds whose team they are on. Friend, you cannot have both God and the world! You cannot have Him and all your distractions. Either He is in first place, or you have a different god! The question that comes to my mind is this: “Why would anyone think it evil to serve the Lord?”
I do believe with all my heart that we need some Joshua’s in our day! We need some men and women who will settle it in their hearts that Jesus Christ and His Word are most important and should be practice. We need individuals who are willing to be an example of Christ for others. We have too many who, by their lives, give justification for loose living and slackness in life. We need some who have a backbone of steel and who would rather die that let something come ahead of God in their lives. Daniel – Dan. 1:8-19; The 3 Hebrews – Dan. 3:1-30; Daniel – Dan. 6:1-28; Ruth – Ruth 1:16-17.)
Have a great and God filled day!