KEY THOT: There are many gods we can serve: the gods of the past (“gods of your fathers”) or the gods of the present (“gods of the Amorites”) or the true God, the Lord. We need to be cut off from the gods of our non-Christian past and also cut off from the gods of this contemporary world (technology, secularism and capitalism). As a Christian family, our calling is to “serve the Lord”, not serve our own personal interests. Unfortunately, we have seen too many Christian families serving the same gods as the world, viz., pay, pleasures and power. Our purpose in life is not to be “successful” according to the world’s standards but to be missional—as defined by God’s Word. As Christian families, our calling is to model an alternative community—one that serves the Lord and exhibit kingdom goals and values.
As the head of his household, Joshua took the stand for his family—to serve the Lord, not the gods of this world. So as head of my own family, I am called to define the vision and values for my family – to serve the Lord in whatever vocation my family members may find themselves in. They are not to serve themselves by pursuing pay, pleasures and power. They are to serve the Lord.
I need to set an example for my children to follow. No matter what my vocation may be, I have to constantly ask myself if I am serving myself or serving the Lord in the place where He puts me. If I’m serving myself (pay, pleasure and power), then I am no longer serving the Lord. I cannot restrict my “service” to the church. Even if we are not “full-time” Christian workers, we are all full-time Christians, serving the Lord 24x7, not just on the weekends in the church. Even full-time Christian workers can end up serving ourselves, not the Lord, when we serve for the wrong reasons--pay, pleasures and power instead of passion for the Lord.
Father, what a privilege to have You as our God and not the gods of the Amorites. Help us to re-discover our true calling as a Christian family to represent You in this world. Amen.