A Vital Question to Answer

A Vital Question to Answer

Choices. A popular parenting technique in this day is to offer your child choices.  Do you want to get in the car by yourself or do you want mommy to help you? Do you want to do your homework after school or before bed? Do you want an apple or banana? Do you want to pay me back now or later? Do you want to take out the garbage or do the dishes? Do you want to pop the grapes in my mouth for me or give my feet a massage? 🙂

The choices are endless and offering them twelve hours a day gets exasperating. However the very nature of offering choices helps our children to make a decision rather than passively disengage.

I would argue that choices do the same for us as adults.Every little decision we make impacts the course of our path. Interestingly, God asks us to make choices because the choices we negate making alter the fulfillment of our destiny. God forces the issues because he knows the relational decay of passive disengagement.

Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  BUT if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the god your forefathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. Joshua 24:14-15

In this passage, Joshua is saying, MAKE A CHOICE! Know that you will serve someone or something whether you realize it or not, so make sure you choose. The options Joshua presents are:

One, the Lord. Yahweh. The God who was and is and is to come, the Almighty. The unchanging God of the Bible whose defined and whose actions are demonstrated through the everlasting Word.

Second, the god your forefathers served beyond the river. Essentially he means doing things the way we and our families have always done them before. Following the gods of our past, our memories, and our habits.

Third, Joshua presents the option of the gods in whose land you are living. It is as if he is saying realize we may be choosing to serve the gods of the present day. The gods as defined by the culture and time in which we are living.

Joshua is trying to help us recognize that if we choose not the serve the Lord, not to set ourselves apart, we will by default, be serving something else whether from the past or the present.

When my oldest son was in 3 year old preschool, high school students selected awards for each little preschoolers. My son got the award entitled, “Most likely to become a future lawyer”. My suspicion is that he received this award due to the argumentative tenacity he demonstrated when begin asked to do something he did not want to. To this day, I still endure my fair share of that tenacity so I implemented the “Whose the boss?” discussion stopper.

Essentially when I make a request that turns into a discussion, I insert the “Well son, who’s the boss?” line.

Then, there is silence.

“Son, who’s the boss?”

Finally, “You mom.” Because he and I know who is in charge it changes the nature of that request and resulting action. Its as if Joshua is saying, make sure you choose and know who is in charge so that your decisions and resolve lead you on the path and to the place your faith and Father desire.

When we reaffirm our allegiance to the Lord, we become resolved to relationally engage with our maker and creator, the author and perfecter of our faith, and the good shepherd of our souls.

So let’s reaffirm our allegiance to the Lord and say like Joshua, “But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

Dear Father, We want to renew our yes to you! We commit to follow your lead and let you pour your love into our lives. We need your grace and mercy every step of the way. We pray you raise us up as a chosen generation to love and follow you with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. 

Maybe you have never said yes to the Lord to begin with. I invite you to do so today. Maybe today you affirm your allegiance to the Lord. I can vouch for him, that he is the most loving and gracious Lord you will ever serve. Please feel free to email me for guidance in this new decision through my contact page.

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.

  • Cyndi Tilley

    Thank you for sharing from your hear Erin, what God is teaching you. What a great reminder that when we do not actively choose God, we are making a choice. Thanks for sharing!