Posted by: BlessingMinistry | September 8, 2010

Choosing Your Service

Choosing Your Service
by Mark Blessing

“…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

There were three other groups of gods Joshua referred to that were all vying for the hearts of the people and drawing them away from the One True God; “put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt;” (v.14), and “choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:” (v.15)

  1. The gods your fathers served on the other side of the flood – if you read the pre-flood history in the Bible, it is easy to see that the world had become completely narcissistic. Man was self-centered and sought only to indulge the flesh. Self was the god of the day.
  2. The gods in Egypt – though it was a cruel god, and one imposed upon them, the Israelites god whom they served in Egypt was the god of subjection. For us, it symbolizes the god of sin, for sin will put you into subjection just as surely as any taskmaster’s whip. Sin controls your thoughts, if you allow it, and in turn controls your every action.
  3. The gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell – this is the god of conformity. The Israelites lived among these people, and not wanting to offend, or for other reasons, they had begun serving the gods of the people among whom they dwelt.

Are we not guilty of the same? We serve self, we serve the sin which, as the writer of Hebrews tells us, “so easily entangles us,” and we serve the gods of those among whom we dwell. The new movements in Christian circles today are so often trying to be palatable to the world around us, but are nothing more than repackaged New Age teachings, and entertainment philosophies in the world.

So Joshua exhorts us to take an honest look at whom we are serving; his God, the god of self, the god of sin, or the gods of the world.


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