“Choose for Yourself”
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.” Joshua 24:15
We all have MANY, MANY choices, we MUST make, EVERY day. I BELIEVE with ALL my HEART, that the MOST IMPORTANT choice a person will EVER make is the CHOICE to ACCEPT or REJECT the LIVING GOD and His ONLY Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His LIFE so we might have ETERNAL LIFE in HEAVEN, with all its BLESSINGS. When we make THAT choice, we are CHOOSING our OWN destiny.
To ACCEPT the ALMIGHTY GOD and His SON, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, you are CHOOSING HEAVEN as our ETERNAL DESTINY. But if you REJECT GOD and HIS SON, you are CHOOSING HELL, with ALL its HORRORS, and NO WAY of ESCAPING, after you are there, as your ETERNAL DESTINY.
Joshua put it pretty clearly, the people had a CHOICE to make. They could SERVE the LORD or CHOOSE for themselves, right then, that very day, whom they would SERVE. They could CHOOSE, either the gods of their ancestors, or the gods of the country they were presently living in, which would be the gods of the AMORITES. Then, Joshua declared: “But as for ME and MY household, WE WILL SERVE the LORD.”
The sins of IDOLATRY are GREAT TRANSGRESSIONS against God, and these sins stir His WRATH to ENORMOUS measures. One of the first things that God made very evident to the Israelites is that they were to have NO OTHER gods before Him. But the Israelites made their OWN CHOICES, many times, to go AGAINST the LIVING GOD, and to EMBRACE the FALSE gods, usually of the nation, in which they lived. And the GENTILES, are NO DIFFERENT, MANY of them, also, CHOOSE to EMBRACE the WORLDLY IDOLS of their OWN making.
James 4:4, says to those who CHOOSE to SERVE and to WORSHIP OTHER gods: “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means ENMITY against God? Therefore, ANYONE who CHOOSES to be a friend of the WORLD becomes an ENEMY of God.” You CANNOT have it both ways. You CANNOT COMPROMISE. You MUST CHOOSE TODAY who you will serve. What will be your ETERNAL DESTINY? In order to CHOOSE GOD, you MUST be WILLING to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. Then BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART that JESUS died for YOU, and that He is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. You MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and CHOOSE WISELY. Your choice WILL determine your ETERNAL DESTINY, HEAVEN or HELL? NO COMPROMISE, GOD or NOTHING. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and COMING SOON!!!