There’s a phrase in my reading in Joshua today that has been the subject of many plaques and samplers in Christian homes across the world. Just look at this image search for the words: “As for me and my house…”
I even wrote about this last year but am repeating myself because the verse and its application is always vital to grasp.
To set the scene Joshua has run his race, he’s served faithfully and come to the end of his time. He is still seeking to serve God and Israel by making sure the people are in the right place in their relationship with God. He gathers them all together and reminds them of what God has done. Then he reminds them of the choice they have to make. I say reminds because this isn’t a new thing.
This choice between Yahweh and the other gods of the nations around them, between Yahweh’s law and following what they see as best is the same choice they were faced with when Moses led them. The same choice they have had at every step of the journey that started with Abram leaving the gods he worshipped to follow this Voice that spoke and promised him a hope and a future.
15 If you decide that you’re not willing to serve Him, then today is the day for you to choose whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors bowed to in the land beyond the great River, or the gods of the Amorites whose country you possess. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Eternal.
If you are reading this then the chances are you’ve already made the choice to follow that same God. You’ve chosen to give your life into His hands and accept the righteousness, forgiveness and hope He offers. That choosing is a once in a lifetime thing but every day there are fresh choices that go along with it.
The choice to get up and spend time in prayer or stay in bed for an extra few minutes. The choice to live a life that shows His love and power or join in the grumblings and complaints that increasingly fill our society. The choice to speed and rage against other drivers who get in the way or show the grace and patience that ought to characterise a Christian. I am sure you can think of more examples.
The choice we have to make could be, and sometimes is, as huge a choice as that the children of Israel faced on this day. But sometimes that choice is for the small things, the everyday things that seem so minor and yet can help to hone and develop our character as we walk with Him.
Today I pray we will make the choice to honour Him more often than we did yesterday. Today I pray when we look at each other we will see people who have chosen to serve the Lord.