You Gotta Serve Somebody

Well folks, I wrote a nice long blog post on Joshua 24, pulled it up this morning to clean it up and publish, and somehow in the world of WordPress drafts, it went away.  I’m at Together for the Gospel this week so I won’t have time to rewrite it.  Here are three very quick thoughts on Joshua 24. 

You Gotta Serve Somebody
Joshua said it:

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

‭‭Joshua‬ ‭24:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Jesus said it: 
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Even Bob Dylan said it:
“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed

 You’re gonna have to serve somebody

 Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord

 But you’re gonna have to serve somebody”

-Bob Dylan

Ultimately, each of us will serve serve someone or something, and there is no squishy middle.  “It is either evil to serve the Lord in your eyes, or you will serve Him.” Joshua says.

Fervent Commitment is Not Service

Verses 16-28 of the last chapter of Joshua shows the people fervently committing to serve the Lord.  By the end of chapter 1 of Judges (the next book in the story) they have disobeyed God by failing to fully obey His commands.

Beware lest we fall into this trap.  It is easy to swear ourselves to radical obedience.  It is hard to obey radically.  Perhaps this is on my heart because I’m currently at a pastor’s conference.

Joshua Died

The heading of the last section of Joshua 24 struck me.  “Joshua’s Death and Burial.”  Maybe it’s because I was reading at 5:00 AM, but my brain tried to auto correct to “Joshua’s Death, Burial and Resurection.”  But Joshua isn’t Jesus.  He was a great leader, but ultimately the sting of death defeated him as it does every man.

Christ is the true warrior leader of His people who conquered the grave.  He leads us into battle with the war already won.  Someday there will be a chapter written “Johua’s Death, Burial, and Resurection.”  It will be after Christ returns, and all those who hope in Him will have the same chapter in their story.

One Comment on “You Gotta Serve Somebody

  1. This may not have been your intended dialog for these passages, but it was just the short read I needed this morning!


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