“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
We have come to the end of Joshua’s conquest of faith. He is 110 years old and has faithfully served the Lord his entire adult life. He has seen the Lord do amazing things and has experienced His chastening. Now, as he stands before the entire nation, he declares, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!”
I wish I could have seen Joshua’s face when he said those words. It must have been glowing because of the great joy he experienced from serving the Lord, but I imagine his eyes were also tearing up because he knew many of his people would go on to serve other gods.
We live in a world where people want to be served by others, but as Christians our greatest desire should be to serve others. In Mark 10:44 Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus knew that those who served the Lord and others would experience a much greater joy than those who were served by others.
Like Jesus, Joshua came to the same conclusion. In the last eighteen verses of the book of Joshua the word “serve” is used fifteen times. To serve God means to fear Him, obey Him and worship Him only. It means to love Him more than anything and to put Him before everything.
Are you serving God by loving Him more than anything and putting Him before everything? If not, join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday night at the Portillo’s home as we finish the book of Joshua and discover the deep joy that comes from “Serving the Lord”.
God bless you all and hope to see you there!