“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve The Lord, choose for yourselves whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.” ~Joshua 24:15, NASB
Where will you stand?
We can choose to stand behind the righteousness of Christ, believing in His finished atonement, or we can stand on our own in our sin. We call it conviction, and it is where passion is birthed. Either the Word of God is true or it isn’t, either Jesus is who He claimed to be or He isn’t. There is no middle ground.
Joshua understood this. We don’t get to sit on the fence luke-warm in our convictions. He declared to his people “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…”
Make the choice. I am convinced this was a plea born of passion – boundless enthusiasm. Can you imagine the warrior leader shrugging, tossing our a flippant, half-hearted challenge. “Hey, ya know, whatever you decide, it’s all good. I’m gonna go this way, but whatever you chose, I’m sure we’ll meet up again in the end.”
No way! He’d spent time recalling, reminding, persuading. LOOK at what the LORD has done! Remember. Remember our slavery. Remember our desert wandering. Remember His promise. And now remember this land He has brought us to. He provided, defended, delivered and distributed. Now, remembering all that, choose.
And then serve. Not sit. Not straddle. Serve.