In Joshua 24
, Joshua told the people to "Choose this day whom you will serve."
He told them to fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and faithfulness. He said to put away the gods that your fathers served in the days past, and serve the Lord.
Joshua said that if it was evil in their eyes to serve the Lord, then make the decision right then: to serve the Lord or serve the gods their fathers served before them. He said, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
The people answered Joshua that they would not consider forsaking the Lord to serve other gods. It was the Lord God who brought both them and their fathers out from Egypt, out of slavery. It was the Lord God who showed great signs and wonders in their sight, giving them safety and assurance all along the way.
But Joshua feared they would serve God and also start serving idols. Even though they said they would not serve their idols, they still carried the idols with them. He told the people that the Lord is a holy and jealous God. He would not forgive their transgressions and their sins if they forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods. He would turn His wrath towards them and consume them after having done them good in their journey.
The people replied that they would not serve idols, but would serve the Lord.
Joshua then testified that they were all witnesses against themselves that they had chosen the Lord. He commanded them to then put away the foreign gods that were among them and turn their hearts towards the Lord, the God of Israel.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Are we like the children of Israel, serving God while carrying idols? Have we turned our hearts away from God and turned them towards the things of this world? Have we raised up men, turning them into idols of worship? Have we raised up organizations, turning them into idolatry? Or worse, have we passed that point and now God consumes us? Are we consumed with money, power, or entertainment? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Which one have you chosen?