Joshua 22-24, Psalm 69
Many in the secular world believe that their lives are nothing but random chance events culminating in who we are today. For those of us in Christ, we know that our lives are not random or purposeless. In fact, our lives since we were in the womb have been under the watchful eye of our Sovereign Creator God. Once we realize this we realize that nothing in our lives is by accident. From when we were born, where we were raised, who our family members are, what we do for a living, who our friends and acquaintances are, etc., none of these are coincidences but exactly where God placed us. In Joshua 24:15, we read, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Joshua knew that many who shouted the loudest in the congregation were talking the talk but not walking the walk. We read in Joshua 24:23, ” “Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.” “. We, too, must ask ourselves if we are walking the walk in the Christian life.
There is nothing wrong with going on mission trips abroad. In fact, it is a beautiful thing. But this should only be a short time away from the mission field which you are living in. Our own mission field, in our house, work, community is a little more difficult, because we are accountable and can’t hide. But if we are to echo the comments of Joshua, we must make a choice to not only love the Lord our God, but to serve Him personally and influence those around us to make that same choice. Many state that though they don’t openly share the Word, or evangelize those around them, others will notice that they live in a Christian manner and that will change them. As important as this is, this was not Jesus’ method. When Jesus sent out the 12 in Luke 9 and the 70 in Luke 10, they were told to be active in their witness. They were told to preach, teach, drive out demons, heal, etc. Likewise, we can not think that using an occasional Christian phrase here and there, being a good person, wearing Christian jewelry or clothing, or putting a Christian bumper sticker on our car is enough. Though we may not possess some of the gifts personally that the earlier church possessed, we all have the ability to Love our God, Love His Word, and continuously be in prayer. Then, once we have made the choice to truly be in a personal relationship with Him, we must make the choice to actively, not passively, engage all those that God has surrounded us with, no matter how difficult some of those situations might be. How seriously we take this charge has both earthly and eternal consequences for those around us.
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