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 father 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 NKJV
Life is a series of choices - lots & lots of little choices. Some of our choices are good & some of them are, let's say, not so good.Some of our choices have become habits by virtue of repetition, but they are choices nonetheless. Each choice builds up on the other to form the fabric of our lives, making us into the people we are. What kind of a person do you want to be?
Joshua knew what kind of person he wanted to be. He wanted to follow God, the one true god, no matter who or what the other people in his life served. I love Joshua's conviction. Joshua was determined in his life to keep his eyes focused on the right things.
It is hard to make the right choices sometimes, especially the little choices. For instance, it is easier to sleep a little later in the morning sometimes than it is to get up before everyone else in the house to spend quiet time with God. It is easier to turn on the TV or radio and passively be entertained than to open a book and actively participate in the experience. It is easier to complain and remain in the same old rut than to craft a solution of daily choices to change our situation. Choices. We all face them every day.
The good news is, that as believers through God's Spirit inside of us, we have been given the ability to make good choices to follow God and go against the grain of popular culture. As Paul says in the book of Romans:
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Ro 6:4 NKJV
When we make the choice to follow God and accept His son Jesus as our Lord and the Savior of our souls, we will have that power to walk in newness of life. Our choices will still be there and we might still struggle to change previous bad habits into new good habits, but we will have access to the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead. I know that I need that kind of help sometimes. What small choice for God are you going to make today? Take a small step toward big change. You'll be so glad you did.