What Choice Have You Made?
- Joshua is about 110 years old; he is giving one of the final speeches to the people.
- Joshua challenges the people of Israel to make a decision.
- God is asking us to make a decision.
- But what specifically is God asking us to do?
- What is the choice that needs to be made?
A command to consider – vs 13
- Sixteen times in the first 13 verses, Joshua uses the pronoun I for God, followed by an action word. God’s goodness to them is summed up in this verse.
The charge given – vs 14
- They are to serve Him.
- The word serve appears seven times in verses 14, 15.
- How are they to serve God?
--means genuine in feeling, the absence of hypocrisy.
--means to serve God with our whole heart
--to really mean what we are doing.
--means you worship according to the whole counsel of God’s word.
--you come to God in truth, not in pretense. John 4:24
--put away the gods their father’s serve; anything in our lives that has priority over
serving the Lord and our submission to Him is an idol.
The choice made – vs 15
- Joshua was willing to put his family up as an example, and he challenged others to follow.
- A real leader does not bully, push people to action; they lead, and they set the example.
- If you want your children or grandchildren to be a follower of Jesus, lead them do not push them, do not tell them to be what you are not willing to be.
We influence others with our choice – vs 16-18
- Joshua not only influenced his own household but also motivated many others to serve the Lord.
- For bad or good, our influence always extends beyond our immediate surroundings.
- There comes a time in your life when you’ve got to decide who you are, whose you are, and where you are going.
When you make a decision for Christ, count the cost!