As I am writing these words, hanging directly in front of me is a canvas with the most simple, but pointed phrase written in script; “Choose this day whom you will serve.”
These are the words that Joshua spoke to Israel, a rebellious and indecisive nation, before their entry into the Promised Land. Joshua led the people between two mountain, one that was lush representing lifewith God, and the other bald and desolate, representing a continued life of rebellion. He warned the Israelites that man cannot follow God and worship false idols, but they did have a choice. The same choice we have.
We can choose today whom we will serve.
Joshua asked the Israelites to go to the mountain in which they wish to dwell, but warned them that by choosing the lush mountain, they were choosing exclusive worship to Yahweh alone, and that may require sacrifice.
This conveniently placed canvas, and it’s faithful reminder of sacrificial loyalty to God alone, takes tangible form through the Rejoice Project leaders.
I had the pleasure of spending the week with 13 Rejoice Project leaders from four different communities. I’d estimate that approximately 87% of the week was spoken in Swahili, but man oh man I have never heard the Word of God spoken and proclaimed though worship so clearly.
A body of people gathered from all different areas and walks of life to empower one another through God’s Word and by His grace. They crammed into our quaint living room and worshiped for hours, soaking in every single bit of wisdom they could receive from one another. They dedicated hours to worship and rooms to prayer. They sang loudly and prayed without ceasing. I couldn’t understand much, but what stuck out didn’t need to be translated.
Choosing to serve God means having a willingness to say no to serving anything and everything else.
Just as Joshua told the Israelites to choose between the mountains, we have to choose as well because we weren’t made for the in between. We were made for life in abundance, hours of worship, and rooms filled with prayer.
These leaders are sacrificial in love, fearless in worship, and exclusive in their choice to serve God alone. They challenge me to seek God with fervor and reverence and to love radically.
They remind me that even when I don’t choose to serve God, he extends grace and mercy. He is the covenant keeper and the giver of good gifts.
So, today- I am thankful for perfectly timed and tangible examples of God’s faithfulness.