Choose

Every day we’re making choices for ourselves and our loved ones. Some choices are important. Others not so much. We choose what to do with our time and money. We choose what food to eat. We choose where to live, work, and go to school. We choose hobbies and entertainment. We choose friends and social activities. Life abounds in choices. And the choices we make have an impact on us individually and affect our loved ones collectively.

The most important choice we must make for ourselves and our families is whether or not we will serve the LORD. There is no greater choice to be made. What will we choose each and every day?

Notice what Joshua said to the people of Israel in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

The people were at a crossroad. They had to make the choice. Who would they give their hearts to? Would they go back to serving the idols of their forefathers or the idols of the nations around them? Or would they keep faithful to the one and only God? Joshua knew his choice.

Regardless of what the people chose to do, Joshua was going to serve the LORD. Even if the people chose to serve idols, Joshua wouldn’t. He wouldn’t be pressured or persuaded to worship any other god. Joshua would not be part of the majority crowd if they chose to turn away from God. Joshua was committed and faithful in serving God. We must be too. Regardless of the world around us, no matter the pressures they give, we must be devoted and faithful to God. Choose God over the world.

Notice that it starts with self. Joshua said “as for me” first. He had to choose first to serve God before he could lead his family or others to do so. Joshua had to know God himself. Joshua had to love and fear God in his own heart. Joshua had to obey God and be the example. I have to choose for myself to live for God. I will be accountable to God for myself. It starts with me and my own heart. Choose for yourself.

Then Joshua said “and my house.” Joshua was committed to serving God himself but was also determined to lead his family to do the same. How? Could Joshua force his family to serve God whether they wanted to or not? No. But what he could do was teach them to know God, give them necessary discipline, and lead by example. He could pray for them. Love them. Guide them. Help them. He loved his family and was concerned for their souls as much as his own. As fathers and mothers, we too need to determine for our homes that we will serve the Lord. Love, teach, and lead by example. Discipline when needed. Do so to give instruction in righteousness. We have to teach and guide. We have to make sure our hearts are filled with God and our homes with godliness. Choose for your family.

What’s it going to take to do this? Joshua tells us in Joshua 24:14, “Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the Rive and in Egypt. Serve the LORD!” It starts by fearing God and putting Him first. Having sincere faith and love of God and His truth. Following the truth of His Word in all things. Putting away all sin. Choose to follow God and not the world.

Who will we serve? What will we choose? Choose this day and every day. For yourself. And your family. Serve the LORD!

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