Figures 055 The Battle Between the Israelites and Amalekites (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 NIV)
We are all disciples of someone. We model our lives after people that we respect, whether we want to admit it or not. You probably reflect to some degree the values of your parents, friends, spouse, and other people that you know who seem to have life figured out in one area or another, or maybe you just like how they use a particular phrase, as you will often hear people quoting movies or other media.
In John 6, when Jesus said some unpopular words, thousands stopped following him, so he turned to the 12 and asked whether they were going to leave as well. You responded with perfect insight: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” Even though they couldn’t understand everything Jesus said, they knew that they were going to follow someone, so who better than the Son of God?
Joshua laid out the options for Israel and called on them to decide whom they were going to follow. There were plenty of different gods to choose from in Canaan, so they could choose one of those or the true and living God, but he wasn’t going to force which choice they made. But why choose a false god over the true one?
God calls us to make that same choice repeatedly, every day. So often, we choose gods made of metal and wood (pulp with green ink).
But it’s in metal and wood that we find the true God. The true God was nailed with metal spikes to two pieces of wood to restore those so often make that wrong choice. When we chose other gods, God chose us. He chose us the day Satan tempted him, Pilate questioned him, the day he rose, the last day, before creation, and He chose this day whom he will serve. He chose to serve us. What an amazing king. What an honor to be forgiven and submit and serve in his Kingdom.