As For Me

We’ve all seen the familiar scripture “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”, found in Joshua 24:15.  Whether it be on a sign, plaque, or even the internet, this scripture has gained popularity for many households.  However, have you ever really thought about what kind of statement that makes?
Joshua did not command the others to serve the Lord.  He simply told them to choose who they were going to serve.  Joshua, bold as he was, reminded the children of Israel just how good God had been to them.  He reminisced how God delivered them from Egypt, and how he made a way of escape through the Red Sea.  The provision alone while in the desert was nothing short of a miracle.  But for Joshua, it was a solid choice for his household.  
Without a doubt the world could learn a lot just by the first three words–AS FOR ME.  We are living in a time where bad has now become good, and good has become unpopular.  Furthermore, the world wants everyone to jump on the bandwagon and go with the flow.  So what do we do?  Do we conform to the world?  Do we cast aside the word of God because it has become unpopular?  There comes a point in time where you have to choose whom you will serve.
The world may denounce the word of God.  But AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE,  we will stand firm on the word of God and strive to live our lives as the Bible instructs.
The world may say there is no God.  But AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, we know and believe in the one true God who loved us so much that He sent His Son to die an agonizing death so that we may have eternal life.
The world may say there is no hope.  But AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, we believe in a hope that truly exists only through Jesus Christ.
The world may say you must conform to the world and its standards. But AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, we believe you must be transformed by the renewing of your mind according to the word of God.
The world may say that you can live without Jesus.  But AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, we know there is no way to survive without Jesus.
In other words, just as Joshua told the people how it was for his household, we have to be strong enough to stand firm for ourselves and not be swayed in the wrong direction.  Circumstances shouldn’t change our beliefs.  Our beliefs should change our circumstances.

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