As Joshua was nearing the end of his life, he gathered the children of Israel together at Shechem. And there, from the lips of a man who was close to death, came an appeal that throughout the centuries has moved the hearts of many. Joshua said, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).
This challenge, viewed in the light of the New Testament, suggests three outstanding lessons regarding our salvation. First, we must make a choice between God and the devil. To refuse Christ leaves us automatically on the devil’s side. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me” (Matthew 12:30).
Second, this choice is a personal. Joshua said, “Choose for yourselves … whom you will serve.” Through faith in Jesus Christ, we can be born again and become a child of God. But we must do the believing ourselves.
Third, there is urgency in this charge. “Choose for yourselves this day,” not next month, not a week from today, not tomorrow, but this day.
Have you made that all-important choice? Have you trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? If not, do so right now! Remember, the choice is yours. – Richard De Haan
If I the King of heaven choose,
If I the things of earth refuse,
The best I gain, the worst I lose –
The choice is mine. – Stanphill
Now is the time to choose the Lord – tomorrow may be too late.
- October 22, Vol.12B, Our Daily Bread