As for me and my house…It makes a great plaque, front door declaration or statement of faith, but what does it really mean? Let’s look at the context:
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
This was Joshua’s declaration of faith and obedience near the end of his life. From the context we can learn a few things:
- It simply doesn’t matter at all what others think, say or do. I will choose to serve the Lord.
- We must challenge others to choose this day, the day of salvation, whom they will serve. Don’t let the people you know wander through life not making a decision because by not making a decision, they have. Educate others that salvation does not come automatically, but by responding to the love, grace and mercy of God. One must choose salvation, or one has chosen the default, condemnation.
- Be straight about the consequences of not serving the one, true God. In a time in history when so many are so seeker sensitive that they don’t want to offend someone, offend someone if you must. Not everyone ends up in heaven, but everyone is invited. Wide is the way that leads to destruction and most travel that road. Narrow is the way that leads life and few find it.
- Our parents may not have had it all right. We must seek the Lord for ourselves and establish a hunger and thirst for Him of our own. We must become convinced of sound doctrines ourselves and seek to go deeper than what comes natural or is comfortable. The stakes are extremely high and we dare not come up short on this most important subject of our faith in God.
- As for me, I will serve the Lord. No matter what comes or doesn’t come, I will serve the Lord. As Job said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him…The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
- Everyone in my house will serve the Lord. We parents have the privileged opportunity to make disciples. Christians really should have more kids than the world. And we should make it job one to see that their minds, souls, and spirits are cleansed through the Word and the Spirit. Kids may become converts by watching us or hearing us casually, but it takes more than that to make them disciples. As the Scripture says, teach them while you walk with them, when they lie down and when they arise. Every day is another opportunity to train up a child in the way they should go. And we dare not miss too many of those days.
Most of the heroes of the faith in the Bible and beyond had this in common: They had uncommon receptivity to God. They listened, they heard, they obeyed. There are no short cuts to greatness in discipleship. We too must listen, hear and obey. And then we too will influence others and hear “Well done” in the end.