“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
For the most part, the Israelites had clung to God (Joshua 23:8). However, there were many instances of idol worship. Some of the Israelites were influenced by their neighbors, and possibly wanted to fall back on idols just in case the Lord did not come through. However, Joshua was clear, “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua made it publicly known that he would make the Lord top priority.
It can be easy to place other gods—hobbies, sleep, eating, people, material possessions—ahead of God the Father because we assume that he is going to understand our heart. The problem is, as human beings, we are selfish in nature. We must consistently take off our old selves in exchange for renewal of mind and spirit in Jesus Christ.
For us to encourage others and stay spiritually fortified, we must mediate on God’s word and spend time communing with Him to ensure that we don’t stray away from the right path.
What will you do today to create a God-centered life? What things do you need to remove from your life and what things do you need to add to spiritually grow? If you are unsure, pray to God for a revelation and he will direct you down that path you need to go.