“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
This is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible. Joshua is near the end of his life and draws a line in the sand and essentially says that the people are either with him or they are not. But he concludes by stating that it doesn’t matter which side everyone else is on, he will serve the Lord.
Sometimes we need tough talk to spur us on to action. Many Christians want the best of both worlds and straddle the fence. They know their need for God and church is an important part of their life. But they also have other activities pulling them away. Or they’re afraid of being viewed as a religious fanatic by their friends.
The best of both worlds is really the best of neither. When someone straddles the fence, they miss out on the abundant life that only comes from full devotion to God. And they’ll still be annoyed when church interferes with something they would rather do or when a friend comments about them being too religious.
Serving God is a choice. While it is a once in a lifetime choice that we will follow Christ, it is also a daily choice of whether we will do what God wants us to do today. Joshua made it clear what his choice was, what is yours?