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Joshua 24:15 And if you be unwilling 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.”
There is a place in the United Stated where the borders four of those states come together. Lying just to the west of the place where the road romantically known as Trail of the Ancients crosses the Southern border of Colorado. Known, not surprisingly as the Four Corners, it is a place where generations of folks following the arbitrary drawing of the state lines have come and danced and hopped from one state to the next. Strange.
I suppose that this was that kind of moment for Joshua. He had been with them since the beginning. He had seen their amazing successes and noted their monumental failures. No, he was driving a marker into his own hi story stating unequivocally the direction for the rest of his life. He was going “all in”. Staking his “bet” on the God who had brought them through forty years in the wilderness.
The point I’m trying to make here is that you cannot say you are one thing when the ties to your past hold you back. There are many crude ways to say it, but very simply to quote the famous Louis Jordan recording from the 1940’s, “Is you is or is you ain’t…”
The greatest danger to half-hearted Christians especially today is that on “that day” you will hear Jesus say to you: (Matthew 7) 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’