“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” (Joshua 24:15).
Much of what I’ve written about in other devotions leads us to this point. God chooses you and redeems you. That’s His work of salvation.
But, as Joshua explains in the above passage, you do have a choice.
You can live a half-hearted life as a redeemed child. Show up at church on Sundays occasionally but forget about God in-between-times. Strive to make a lot of money and let other things motivate you which then become your graven images.
There are lots of folks around you who will keep you company and encourage you to do just that. Serving the Lord looks undesirable to some folks. Serving the Lord wholeheartedly looks freakish and fanatical even to people who call themselves Christians.
But it’s one of the most important choices you will ever make—to choose, not whether you believe in Jesus or not because that’s His choice and His work, but whether or not you will serve Him. That choice will motivate whom you marry, what you do, how you do it and how you live.
So pray about it and respond to Joshua’s challenge. Choose it every morning!