GOLD or GARBAGE – Part Two…

Joshua 24:13-15 – And I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; and behold, you eat of vineyards and olive yards which you did not plant.14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away out of your heart the strange gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river Euphrates, and in Egypt; and serve the LORD.

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

As we continue our consideration of this account of Joshua’s challenge to Israel as to whom they would serve we need to examine several thoughts.

THIS IS A PERSONAL DECISION – – There are two choices available to everyone.  The First is, Serve God with a Whole Heart.  In that choice, we make His will our will and His purposes our purpose.  We invite Him to be both Savior and LORD of our lives.  He has invited us and in response, we must invite Him. He is standing at the door of our hearts waiting for us to open the door.

The Second is to follow our own will and live for ourselves.  It is to do our own thing and allow sin to rule in our lives.  It is to give God little or no time.  The Rebellion of Adam and Eve in the Garden was to disobey God’s directive, believe the Lie of the devil, and Do Their Own Thing.  They choose the devil’s garbage rather than God’s gold.

Some allow themselves to be held back because of their fear or concern about what others think.  For some, the fear of becoming unpopular in a particular circle overrides their desire to commit fully to God.  Being accepted sometimes is such a powerful influence people decide not to decide for Jesus because of their desire to be accepted in their desired circle of friends.  Thus, they become more concerned about the opinion of others than their eternity. 

Some allow themselves to be held back by their desire to please the flesh and embrace the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.  There are more focused on their personal enjoyment than God’s purposes.  They allow their carnal desires to drive them to seek satisfaction in the flesh.  They live without the peace of God because of their desire to have the world and its gold.  In that, they miss God’s gold and live with the world’s garbage.

An example of this is found in the story of the Rich Young Ruler of Matthew 19.  He was held back from following Jesus because of his earthly possessions.  David let his lust for a woman, not his wife cause him to sin.  Felix in Acts 24 was held back waiting for a more convenient season or time.  They all made a choice and only David is recorded as repenting.  The others chose the world’s garbage over God’s gold.

Each person has to make this decision for themselves.  Moses made the decision (choice) to leave the riches, position, and power of Pharoah’s house and follow God, suffering, if necessary, with the people of God.  Daniel considered favor with God more important than life itself. The disciples considered obedience to God a higher calling than obeying the commandments of men.

In this decision, we all stand alone.  We decide our eternal destiny by how we respond to God’s invitation to Eternal Life and the New Birth.  It is our bed, and we will determine what kind of bed it is by our choice to receive God’s gold or to embrace the world’s garbage. 

I want to address this one more time, but will pause here and say, God with God, and God will Go with You. 

Have a fantastic day in Jesus!

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