As For Me and My House

“As for me and my house” November 10, 2019 Joshua 24:15 The American poet Robert Frost wrote simple yet powerful poems about life and nature.  “The Road Not Taken” is about the different choices we make.  “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  Frost’s road “less traveled by” reminds us of Jesus’ “narrow” gate and “difficult” way (Matt. 7:14).  Many are called to discover that less-traveled-by way, but few ultimately find it (Matt. 22:14).   Joshua was one who did find the way.  We sometimes want to excuse those who don’t find Christ or who make destructive choices in life.  Given the times, we say, it’s almost inevitable that we cannot escape corruption. But some do; and because some do, it means that all may.  The difference is in choice: whom do we choose, this day, to serve?  Joshua is an excellent role model for us. His relationship with his people was based on his relationship with God.  He wasn’t shy about being in charge. God had placed him in that position, so he worked at it with all his strength.  Joshua led a focused life. He chose to serve the living God, while others chose to serve the Gods of this life. When faced with choices, he didn’t have to think about whether he would obey God.  He’d already decided that long ago, and he didn’t change his mind when challenges came. God wants us to be that focused today. He wants us to be able to say, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15). This morning we celebrate our military veterans (0.5% of the U.S. population) who chose the narrow military gate to serve their country.  As you contemplate life’s choices today, make the ones that lead to life, now and forever.  A wise choice delayed is a wise choice not made. Choose everlasting life through salvation in Jesus Christ!   Your brother and friend, Pastor Bruce