14 "Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Joshua was at this point 110 years of age.
He knows there are two ways of living: for the Lord and not for the Lord.
He has seen the blessings of the first; and the troubles of the latter.
At a fork in the road there are three possible choices
1. One can take the wrong road.
2. One can hesitate between the two roads, trying to have both.
16 So, because you are lukewarm-- neither hot nor cold-- I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
3. One can take the right road.
The Choice is a continual choice.
"choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve."
When Joshua challenged the people to choose to serve God and affirmed that this was his settled choice as well, the tense that he used implied more than just a once for all time choosing, as if he could make a choice and be done with it forever. The tense involves continuous action. That is it involves the past, but it also involves the present and the future. It is as if Joshua had said, "I have chosen to serve the Lord; I am choosing the same path of service now; and I will go on choosing to serve God until the very end." To Joshua serving the Lord was a daily choice.
The Choice is to be made for the entire family
"But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
The Choice is to serve the Lord
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
24 "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, 'Sir, open the door for us.' "But he will answer, 'I don't know you or where you come from.' 26 "Then you will say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' 27 "But he will reply, 'I don't know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!'
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