THE SERVANT GENERAL
August 19, 2017
Today’s reading: Joshua 24:14-29
Joshua was the successor of Moses. He was the warrior who
led God’s people into the promised land and took the
land as God instructed. After all their successful wars, towards
the end of his life, Joshua gave the people a final exhortation.
Joshua first reminded
them about all the good that God had done for them. Then he
said, “Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve him completely
and sincerely. Cast out the gods your ancestors served beyond
the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.” (v.14).
This was a rallying call to be holy warriors.
To be holy is to be
set apart. It is to live one’s life for God. It is to
have no other gods. It is to know that we are God’s
people, and we are to serve Him completely and sincerely,
giving all of ourselves and without reserve. Such holiness
is to glorify God, and to proclaim who He is to all the nations.
It is to establish His reign and to dispel other gods from
the lives of people. It is to serve as warriors in God’s
army, knowing His power and strength. “At our approach
the Lord drove out all the peoples” (v.18a).
To be a holy warrior
is a wondrous call. It is intended to fulfill God’s
purposes and design for the world. As such, it is an important
call, which we all should take very seriously. It is not easy
to live out such a callto be holy as God is holy, and
to be His effective instruments in the world. As such, Joshua
also warned the people: “You may not be able to serve
the Lord, for he is a holy God; he is a passionate God who
will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.”
(v.19). He is a holy God! His people too are to be holy, and
their sins not forgiven (if unrepented). God knows He cannot
achieve His purposes by means of His people if they are not
holy and pure.
calls us, chooses us, and favors us. But with that comes responsibility.
And we will be held accountable. “If you forsake the
Lord and serve strange gods, he will then do evil to you and
destroy you, after having done you good.” (v.20). How
many Christians today forsake the Lord and serve strange gods,
the gods of isms, such as modernism, cultural Marxism,
transgenderism? Instead of fighting and dispelling evil, such
so-called Christians themselves become the objects of God’s
wrath. After having done good to them, God now does evil to
them. How ironic and tragic. But we see such destruction happening
to the lives of Christians and in Christians nations today.
God has done much good
in our lives. Now He calls us to be at the forefront of His
work, to be His holy warriors. May our unqualified response
be: “We will serve the Lord” (v.21). Further,
we speak not just personally for ourselves, but also for our
children and all those in our homes, as each one of us should
also say, “As for me and my household, we will serve
the Lord.” (v.15b).
Onward, holy warriors, and take the land!