What About Your “House”?
I often speak about “cross-stitch” verses, sentences from the Bible that are often found cross-stitched and hanging on a wall, or engraved on a plaque and sitting on a desk. In Joshua 24 we have one of the most “famous” verses of the Old Testament. Joshua is speaking to the children of Israel after most of the promised land has been conquered. He is encouraging them to follow the Lord and he says this: 15 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.”
That last phrase, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” has become a very popular phrase to say in Christianity but is it as popular to live? What phrase might you use to serve as an over-arching phrase to describe your priorities for your family…Would it be to serve the Lord? Or would it be to do well in “Pokemon Go”?(ok, that seems a little snarky). Anyway, God desires that we serve Him in whatever the situations and circumstances we find ourselves in. Joshua was not eternally disappointed because he chose to serve the Lord. Life was not always easy. God didn’t always do what Joshua desired. However, as a servant of the Lord who actually lived with that phrase in mind, Joshua found himself in the middle of God’s incredible activity. The same can be true for you and me. So, what about your “house”?