As for Me – I Choose to Serve (part 2)

qwlinkAnd if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.(Jos 24:15)

The Choice of Service 

It is a personal choice – as for me…

We choose to serve individually – as for me…

No one can choose for us.  No one can serve for us.

The fields go un-harvested.  The pews remain mostly empty. Positions of service go unfilled.

If not you, who?

If not now, when?

If not here, where?

Will you choose to serve?  Not to choose to serve is refusing to serve.

We must choose to serve independently – as for me…  

We all know and sing that verse of “I have Decided to Follow Jesus”… Though no one join me, still I will follow…Yet God is still searching for those that will follow and serve, even if they must serve alone.

We should choose to serve influentially – and my house… 

God expects us to exert godly and compelling 1200influence over those for whom we are responsible.  Parents?  Pastors?  Teachers? Are we influencing our charges to serve?

It is a pointed choice – will serve the Lord

We have the liberty to choose – we have a choice who or what we will serve.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.(Mat 6:24)

We all serve something.  We serve the flesh, the world, or money, etc.  Let’s choose to serve the true and living Lord!  As for me…


See the previous post in this series – As For Me, I Choose to Serve


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As For Me, I Choose to Serve

Aqwlinknd if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (Jos 24:15)

In this famous challenge that Joshua gave to the children of Israel, Joshua makes a bold, brave, and binding declaration regarding his choice to serve the Lord. In this short series of blogs titled, “As For Me” I am asking us all to consider our own decision about serving the Lord.

Not to decide to serve the Lord is invariably a decision NOT to serve Him.  Service to the Lord does not happen by accident.  So will you join me in consciously and definitely declaring, “as for me, I  will serve the Lord”.

Let’s examine Joshua’s statement.


The Chooser to Serve – Joshua

The choice was by a man of faith. (Numbers 14:6-9)

Joshua, probably at the age of about 20, maybe one of the youngest of the twelve spies sent my Moses to spy out the land, was one of only two to believe that God could fulfill His promise to give them the land.  He stood and spoke for God against all of Israel.  It takes courage to sound off in faith against millions ready to kill you for your faith.

Serving God takes faith.  Even just committing to serve God requires faith in Him to help and strengthen our resolve when the times get hard.

The choice was by a man of fight

And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. (Exo 17:9)

Although Joshua had never been in battle as far as we know, he must have demonstrated his willingness and courage to take on a fight for the Lord.

To make a decision to serve the Lord will require a fighter’s heart.  You will need to fight the flesh, fight the Devil, and fight the world and its temptations and taunts.

The choice was by a man of faithfulness

And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. (Jos 24:29)

From age 20 to this pronouncement, he had already faithful served God as a soldier, Moses’minister, and the general and leader of Israel for nearly 100 years

Ask God to mold us into the kind of Christian that will decide by faith, willing to fight, determine to remain faithful as we serve our Lord?

Look for more in this series.

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