“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates 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 ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, 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 24:14-15
Joshua gathered all the leaders of all the people of Israel to remind and encourage them. The reminder was precise and painted a clear picture of where they came from and where they are now. God was responsible for their rescue, and even the very land the people now occupied was a gift from God. Now the Israelite people were confronted by their leader to make a choice. Fear the Lord and faithfully serve Him or pick another God.
There are two important observations I want to point out to you. Choosing was not optional, and the leader of the people made his choice clear. All men are created to serve. The very day I was born was not of my choosing. I didn’t get to select the country I was born into to, the family that raised me, or the time I entered this world. I do, however, have to choose whom I will serve and that is not optional. And being a leader means that in some way, that choice is both public and pronounced. Choose whom you will serve.
DO THIS TODAY: Recall all that God has done for you until now and reaffirm your choice to follow Him.