Archive for January 31st, 2012

Joshua 24

Joshua 24 ends his life.  He dies at 110 years of age.  He left a legacy that is powerful and something we should all strive for.  Listen to what scripture says about him: “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the Lord did for Israel”.  He was the leader, and they served God all the days of his life.  He led well.  He left a powerful legacy.  He sets a bar for us to work to attain.  How are the people in your patch doing when it comes to serving the Lord.

How did this outcome happen?  Pretty simple.  He led and modeled what it meant to serve well.  He started as home.  Here is a very key couple verses that describe Joshua and his dedication to God.  “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served….and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve….But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”.  Joshua shows us what it means to be committed to God.  It begins with a choice.  Do you see that?  God demands and requires it – but we still have to make the choice to truly serve Him.

Joshua led his family that way. “As for me and my house”….he didn’t just talk about it.  He lived it at home.  He also lived it as leader of the people.  So well in fact that they responded ot him “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey”.  Joshua led well.  While he had to choose, and lead the other people to do the same, the reality is that the choice was not really a choice except the first time.  Then it was a way of life.  It is how he lived and led.  That is what we need to do too.  We need to build a habit, a way of living where God is our focus. He is the One we look to please.  He is the center of life.  We choose that, but we need to just live it daily so others can follow.

Joshua seals it for the people with “this stone shall be a witness”.  He once again creates a marker to remind the people that God is in control.  This was to be a witness to His faithfulness.  It was to be a reminder that God was always there.  Have you made the choice to serve God?  How about your house?  Are you leading them to do the same?  Have you created a marker to remind everyone of the covenant relationship we have with the Father.  There is so much to learn about leadership from Joshua.  He lived it well for his 110 years.  And now they bury him.  Now they move on to a new chapter in the lives of the people of Israel.  Moses and Joshua led well.  They chose to follow God.  Will you lead the same way?

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