Make Up Your Mind
Joshua 24:15 And 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.
I. The Distorted Perception– if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord
How anyone could conclude that it was evil to serve the Lord is beyond me.
I have given it a lot of thought.
I came up with a few reasons why they might have such a distorted perception.
A. The Company
- Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
- Matthew 7:13, 14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
B. The Conflicts
- Philippians 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
- 2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
C. The Conditions
- Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
II. The Diverse Possibilities – whether the gods…or the gods….
There are many different gods you can choose to serve, other than the one true God.
Everybody that does not serve the Lord does not worship the same god.
There are a large number of options.
The devil does not care which god you serve – so long as it is not the LORD.
There are two facts you can gather from this verse:
A. You will serve someone.
Choose whom ye will serve.
- John 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
B. You cannot serve God and gods at the same time.
Multiple times in this passage, Joshua emphasized the importance of getting rid of the other gods.
- Verse 14 – put away the gods
- Verse 19, 20 – Ye cannot serve the Lord …he is a jealous God…if ye forsake the Lord and serve strange gods..
- Verse 23 – now therefore put away the strange gods which are among you
III. The Dogmatic Proclamation – but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
A. Based on his Experience with God
Joshua was 110 years old when he made this statement. (verse 29)
He had been serving the Lord since he was a young man –
- Exodus 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
B. Based on his Exposure to God
- 3 – ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations
- Verse 7 …your eyes have seen what I have done…
- Verse 17 …which did those great signs in our sign…
- Joshua had been exposed to the Law of God – vs. 26
- Joshua had been exposed to the sanctuary of God – vs. 26
Joshua wasn’t in the market for a new God to serve.
C. Based on his Expectations of God – see chapter 23:5; 14
Joshua expected to see God’s continued Protection – vs. 6-12
Joshua expected to see God’s continued Provision – vs. 13
Joshua expected to see God’s continued Preservation – vs. 17
Conclusion: This morning, if you have not already made up your mind, you must CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY whom you will serve!