“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD…choose this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:14-15
“Choose this day.” As I read over this passage, I am reminded of our choice. To serve our Lord, to look to Him, trust Him, and obey Him; or to serve idols—everything that draws our heart away from the God who deserves all of our worship and reverence.
It’s a choice we each must make for ourselves. And while there does need to be a defining moment of initially choosing to follow Christ and surrender to Him, as fickle as our heart is and as powerful as temptation can be, this is a decision we need to intentionally make each day.
Deuteronomy 11:18-20 tells us, “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” We must determine to fix our eyes on Christ. We must look to the Word of God, speak of it, meditate on it, and continually pray that our eyes would be opened to how glorious our Lord is, so that we are enveloped in His truth and increasingly captivated by His surpassing beauty.
As we daily choose to die to ourselves, to lay down our idols and look to God our Portion, our lives will be transformed to reflect His glory and resemble the heart of our wonderful Savior. “Put to death, therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry…now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth…Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other…And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:5-15).
Choose this day whom you will serve. Your choice and mine will be evident in our actions and in our thoughts. They will reflect either the heart of our Lord or the heart of the world that doesn’t know Him. I pray that our choice will be Him. The God of truth, whose glory fills the heavens and whose faithfulness reaches to the skies.