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. From Joshua 24
I was reading this passage yesterday and I feel like God keeps bringing it back to my mind. I know it’s not a traditional Easter passage but I think it has merit this weekend. Easter is such a fun holiday, there are Easter baskets and marshmallow bunnies and adorable children running around looking for eggs in their fancy little outfits. But what does God have for you this weekend?
The passage above is part of a speech Joshua gives the Isrealites. He begins by reminding them of all that they have been through as a people. He reminds them of their slavery in Egypt, the miracles in the dessert, their battles in Canaan. And he reminds them of all the ways God was with them through all of it. But then he gives them a challenge. He tells them to decide today who they will serve. They have a choice, they can serve the gods of their past or the true living God who loves them.
As we enter Easter weekend, I want us to remember what God has done for us. He has lavished His love for us, sent us His son, and sacrificed Him so we could be in relationship with Him. And we have a choice. We can choose to go on about our lives, doing things the way we always have. We can continue following the gods of our past. Or we can draw a line in the sand, so to speak. Choose today whom you will serve. Decide right now that today will be a new day. Think about your family, your children, the rest of your life. Who do you want to be? Who do you want to serve. As you begin this holiday weekend celebrating Jesus’ sacrifice, will you choose to serve the Lord?
I am so grateful for your sacrifice. Your death on the cross and your new life you gave me. Today, I choose to throw away the god’s of my past. I choose to make today a new day. I choose to devote my life to you. I choose you.
Diving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every week. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).