Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time to ponder the new writing prompt from Kate, set the timer for 5 minutes, and type. Thank you for reading my words, liking and commenting, and finally, for sharing my post. I appreciate your encouragement. Read my whole post by clicking here.
Immediately, two scripture verses pop to the front of my thoughts. (Yes, it’s because I’m a total Bible nerd, but that’s not the point.)
Perhaps you thought of these as well. From the Old Testament warrior, Joshua:
“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
And from Jesus:
““You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.”
John 6:67 NIV
Joshua decided. He decided long before he ever made this speech to the people of Israel. For Joshua had served the Lord in the wilderness under the tutelage of Moses. Joshua and his fellow warrior, Caleb, were the only two of twelve spies who trusted God to deliver the land of milk, honey and giants into the hands of the Israelite people.
Knowing his life was coming to a close, Joshua offered everyone within the reach of his voice, a choice. He asked them to decide about their faith. He then drove a stake in the ground by stating in no uncertain terms that he had made a decision to serve the one true God – he and his household.
And for me this always begs the rhetorical question, “Can you really decide for your household?”
And then I think of Jesus and the question He asked the twelve disciples on one particularly difficult day of ministry.
Did they, the twelve He had chosen, want to leave Him?
Christ’s teachings challenged the intellect of those who met in the synagogue. He had chosen the twelve who traveled daily with Him, witnessing His miracles and participating with Him in ministry. Crowds followed Jesus everywhere. They listened. They watched. They experienced Christ up close and personally, and still each one had to decide.
Did they believe Jesus was the Son of God come to earth in the flesh? Was He truly Messiah?
The context of John 6:67 is fascinating to read and I encourage you to go and read it for yourself. It was a hard teaching. I agree.
But my time is up. You’ll have to decide.
Eyes on Jesus and Shine?