As for Me and My
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. (Joshua 24:15)
Serving God was not Joshua’s only option. He could have adopted the
religious beliefs and practices of his family heritage in the pagan land of
Egypt. He could have accepted the idolatrous religion of his neighbors in the
region where he now lived. These options probably looked like easier choices
than worshiping God. But Joshua had witnessed God’s faithfulness (Josh. 23:14).
He was convinced that his Lord was the only true God and that serving Him would
bring victory and blessing. Joshua decided to serve God alone. He was
determined to teach his entire household to honor his Lord as well. He had
trusted God for victory on the battlefield, and he knew that God could also
give him spiritual victory in his home.
You, too, must decide whom you will serve. An assortment of popular
religions clamors for your allegiance. If you come from a Christian heritage,
you may choose to embrace the faith of your parents and grandparents. If you
did not grow up in a Christian home, you can decide, as Joshua did, to reject
your heritage of unbelief and begin a generation that serves the Lord.
If you set your mind wholeheartedly on serving God, your example will
bring a tremendous blessing to your family. If you place your confidence in
God, those around you will witness your faith, and they may decide to trust Him
too. Choose, as Joshua did, to serve God unashamedly with all your heart, and
then watch to see how God blesses your family.