Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt… But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:14-15
The people of Israel used to serve Jehovah, the living God. Some of them, however, had forsaken God’s ways and secretly served idols from other nations. As we read the history of Israel, we see that every time there were people who went astray from God and started to serve idols.
A real conversion
When you come to God, your conversion should be real. We will have to turn our back to the old life and cut all ties which lead to that life.
Joshua could not bear it anymore that there were people who were double-minded and forced them to choose: either you serve God, or you go your own way.
Elijah did the same thing when he said to the people gathered on Mount Carmel: ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him’ (1 Kings 18:21).
Joshua had made his choice. He was faithful to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Everybody knew what he stood for. Today I want people to know what David Maasbach stands for. Many already know what my stand is because of the message I bring. I also do not like when people are double-minded.
What is your stand?
I love people who do not compromise but stick to their choice. Joshua was such a man. He showed the people where he stood for. What is your stand? Say with the apostle Paul in Romans 1:16: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.’
Do we take our stand for Jesus even when it is very difficult? Jesus belonged with heart and soul to the living God when He was on earth. Let us follow His example.