But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
This is probably the most memorable scripture in the Book of Joshua. It is Joshua’s personal commitment to serving the Lord and his plea for the others to follow suit.
This pledge to serve God did not come before the conquest of the land and Joshua has proved himself over and over as the leader of the Israelites.
During the conquest campaign, there was no question of serving God. He was giving victory after victory against many fortified cities and seasoned warriors and men of valor.
Now the land is theirs and it is the time to rebuild cities, businesses, farms, and homes. Joshua warns against apathy as life slows and settles down.
However, the Israelites spread themselves across the land. They soon become divided into their tribes and clans – no longer a unified people under the leadership of a Moses or Joshua.
Ultimately in the years that follow the people go after foreign gods and forsake the Lord, the record of this written in the Book of Judges.
Think of how easy it is to serve God in church when you’re with a unified body of believers. You receive strength and encouragement to push forward. Worship and the Word of God are center stage. Your train your thoughts on nothing else and you may declare, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Yet, the world changes the moment you step out the church door. Believers no longer surround you. You find yourself pulled in all kinds of directions, most of which do not push you forward in your faith. It’s just the opposite and you find yourself pulled away from God.
It is at this moment you must stand strong and declare, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”