Does God have your total commitment? (76-5)
Joshua left no doubt about his commitment to the Lord. Joshua told the people that even if they chose not to serve the Lord, they would still not be exempt from service. If we do not serve the Creator, we will unavoidably serve some part of the creation. But the gods of success, position and possessions are cruel taskmasters and never deliver the satisfaction they promise. Read Joshua 24:14-27.
Joshua consistently told the Israelites that God alone was worthy of their total commitment. The same is true today; leaders who direct their highest commitment to anything else commit idolatry. We were designed to serve God and to find our deepest satisfaction in Him, but we will be half-hearted at best if we try to play by two sets of rules and serve two masters.
As a godly leader, “You are (a witness) against (yourself) that you have chosen to serve the Lord” (v. 22). Have you assessed how that commitment has been played out in your life? In what ways has your level of commitment to the Lord been conditioned by your understanding of what He is doing in your life? The call to commitment is a call to constant vigilance in maintaining and understanding the standards of that commitment. No matter what distractions godly leaders may encounter, they need to maintain their focus on serving the Lord.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise. Psalm 111:10
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