Joshua 24:15 - Man Is Made To Worship And He Will Worship Something.
Jos.24:15: Man Is Made To Worship And He Will Worship Something.
Joshua 24:15 (NLT) But if you are unwilling to serve the LORD,
then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your
ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the
Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will
serve the LORD."
Josh 24:15 (CWR) If you can't serve Him and Him alone, then
make up your minds whom you will serve. Will it be the gods from
beyond the Euphrates, the gods of Egypt or the gods of the Amorites
where you live? Make up your minds once and for all. As for me and
my family, we've made up our minds. We will serve the Lord!
Choose Whom You Will Serve (24:14-28)
1 Kings 18:21 (KJV) And Elijah came unto all the people, and
said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God,
follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him
not a word.
Matthew 6:24 (KJV) No man can serve two masters: for either he
will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the
one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Ezekiel 20:39 (KJV) As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith
the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter
also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no
more with your gifts, and with your idols.
John 6:67-68 (KJV) Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye
also go away?  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall
we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
Joshua 24:14 (KJV) Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him
in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers
served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the
Psalm 119:111-112 (KJV) Thy testimonies have I taken as an
heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.  I have
inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
One of the most famous of Old Testament affirmations of faith,
"As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD" [The 365-Day
Man is made to worship and he will worship something. It ought
to be Almighty God. But man is very inventive in this regard and
may worship stone, wood, money, lust, another person, an idea or
many other things. And what man worships, man serves.... Consider this
as you look at your life and the things you serve. They will
reflect what it is you truly worship. Let your service be rendered unto
God Almighty. It is the only service that has eternal value and
whose product will continue on throughout all eternity, to God's glory
and your benefit. Be warned, anything less than God that you serve,
the product of that service will be burned up and destroyed. Today,
choose to serve the Lord. [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
Jesus places mankind in two categories: those who follow Him
and those who do not. Those who follow Him are in the minority and
must struggle against the current of our time in order to be obedient
to Him. The Lord calls His followers to a life of selflessness;
the world encourages each to get all that he can. The Lord calls
His followers to a life of patient waiting; the world urges
immediate gratification. The Lord calls His followers to labor for the
kingdom; the world strives for bigger, better, and the most now. What do
you do more than others? Are you more selfless or selfish? Are you
waiting or striving? Does what you do have eternal or temporal
significance? Think about it! [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom re Mat.5:47]
It's easy to slip into a quiet rebellion--going about life in
your own way. But the time comes when you have to choose who or what
will control you. The choice is yours. Will it be God, your own
limited personality, or another imperfect substitute? Once you have
chosen to be controlled by God's Spirit, reaffirm your choice every
day. [Life Application SB]
Those who are bound for heaven must be willing, despite all
opposition, to do as the best do and not as the most do. [SDA Commentary]
Everyone may place his will on the side of the will of God, may
choose to obey Him, and by thus linking himself with divine agencies,
he may stand where nothing can force him to do evil. ED289
A pure and noble life, a life of victory over appetite and lust,
is possible to everyone who will unite his weak, wavering human
will to the omnipotent, unwavering will of God. MH176