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Introduction

Here is a short reflection based on the powerful message found in Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25. This passage serves as a reminder of the importance of making conscious choices to serve and follow the Lord. In this sermon, we will explore three key points that will inspire and challenge us to choose a life of service.

Point 1: Remembering God’s Faithfulness

As Joshua addresses the Israelites, he begins by recounting the faithfulness of God throughout their journey. He reminds them of the trials they faced and how the Lord delivered them from slavery in Egypt. By remembering God’s faithfulness, we are encouraged to trust in His promises and rely on His guidance.

Point 2: Rejecting False Idols

Joshua urges the people to choose whom they will serve. He highlights the danger of idolatry and the worship of false gods. In today’s world, we may not bow down to physical idols, but we can easily be enticed by the idols of wealth, success, and popularity. It is crucial for us to reject these false idols and commit ourselves wholeheartedly to serving the one true God.

Point 3: Making a Covenant with God

In the final part of the passage, Joshua challenges the Israelites to make a covenant with God. He emphasizes the seriousness of this commitment, urging them to choose God and serve Him faithfully. Similarly, we are called to make a personal covenant with God, dedicating our lives to His service and surrendering our will to His.

Conclusion

Let us reflect on the powerful message of Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25. We are reminded of the importance of remembering God’s faithfulness, rejecting false idols, and making a covenant with Him. May we be inspired to choose a life of service, following in the footsteps of Joshua and the Israelites. Let us commit ourselves to serving the Lord wholeheartedly, knowing that He is faithful and will guide us every step of the way.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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