Joshua 21:45 “There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.”
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
We make decisions every day. Sometimes multiple decisions that we give no thought as to the consequences. We turn on the television to see what is on and watch things that, given a chance to review what it is we will be seeing; we wouldn’t expose our eyes and our spirits to such wickedness
Yet, we have all watched something that afterward, we wondered why it is we began watching in the first place.
We go places; befriend certain people; say things and take in certain things that are very harmful to our spirit.
We all have a past that we can look back upon. That past will do us no good if we do not view it as a learning tool – a stepping stone to wisdom.
But for today, there are some decisions we wish we could have back. Regrettable decisions that changed our course and defined us. Not to be wholly negative – there have been decisions that we can rejoice over. Approaching us today, are decisions that will alter our course – if we let it.
Joshua had been a great second man to Moses – the deliverer. Upon his death, Joshua was chosen by God to lead the Israelites into the Promised land. The Lord encouraged Joshua by telling him over and over – “Be of good courage”.
Each of us are thrust into situations on a daily basis that put our faith on the line. Opportunities present themselves for us to be a witness. Opportunities to speak up for Jesus.
The world tells us of their exploits of weekend wickedness. When asked “How was your weekend?”, we need to speak up for Jesus. In our church we see souls saved, people baptized and folks joining the church on a regular basis. I tell my co-workers what was special about my weekend.
I got to teach a Sunday school lesson. I sang a special that was particulary moving. I was able to see an answer to prayer in someone coming to know the Lord as Savior.
It is understandable that some will look at us like we’re from Mars and move on; but you would be surprised how sharing your faith openly, simply and frankly opens the door to be a witness.
Conversations – even personal ones, are not private in our office space. They can be heard by most everyone on our area. So, all know me to be the preacher, the teacher, the singer and the bold witness for Jesus.
Over the 32 years I have been employed, I have seen those who are unwilling to talk openly come to me privately with problems needing help. Divorce. Addictions. Wayward children. Job situations and circumstances. All have come seeking help and those open to hear, were able to receive a gospel presentation and some have trusted Christ as Savior.
You may possess the knowledge that we are in the last days… but how are you acting upon that knowledge? I must challenge myself to be more urgent with loved ones. Time is growing short and I want those I love to be saved.
Joshua posed a challenge with his personal testimony –
“…but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
That statement was powerful because his life backed up that statement. Wherever you find yourself today, begin by asking God for the opportunity to share the gospel. It may be over lunch, after work or just an invitation for coffee.
Do not make church the issue – a lost person does not understand what true church is all about and some have stumbling blocks to salvation because of a church.
It is not about religion – it is about a relationship.
Lead them into relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and then they will understand more fully the need for church.
But it all starts with our committment to stand and be counted as a Christian. The world has a tainted and warped view because there have been bad examples that have given them a sour taste for Jesus. We must always be ready:
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Are you ready today to be a witness? All it takes is to shine light on the way they need go…