Joshua 22-24…Serving the Lord.
Joshua 24:15 contains a very well-known verse we often see printed on signs or plaques in the homes of professing Christians:
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Our call to be servants of the Lord is a theme woven throughout the Old and New Testaments. God sent Moses to the pharaoh thousands of years ago so that the king might release His people to serve Him (Ex. 8:1). Paul in Galatians 1:10 and many other passages refers to himself as a servant of Christ. Few would argue with our Father’s command to serve Him. However, we often forget that the major way in which we serve our Creator is through service to His people. As Jesus tells us in Matthew 20:26, greatness in the kingdom of God belongs to those who serve its citizens. Some Christians do not recognize that service is a means of sanctification. This is unfortunate because service is vital for maturity in Christ, and the arena in which we are called to serve is the local church.
So, if this is a verse you have on display in your house, think first about whether or not you understand it correctly. Next, examine yourself to see if this is something you are actually doing in the context of your local church. If not, repent and begin to serve in your church. Another option would be to take the sign down, because your house may not really be serving the Lord.