During this pandemic season, I have watched my share of movies and television shows. Last week, I pulled out a movie I had not watched in a long time, Facing The Giants (affiliate link below).
|Facing the Giants, DVD
By Alex Kendrick / Provident Films
The second movie made by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, tells the tale of a young, high school football coach, Grant Taylor, who faces all kinds of adversity at home, at school, and on the football field.
One such challenge was when some of the boosters were working to get him fired after six losing seasons.
Many of the parents and boosters believed Coach Taylor was simply not capable of winning.
The boosters even tried to recruit Taylor’s top assistant coach to support them and become the next head coach.
When Taylor learns of this plot and his assistant coach’s reluctance to support him or betray him, the assistant tries to explain that the boosters came to him. He did not seek this out.
Taylor simply, but firmly, responded, “You are not doing anyone any favors by sitting on the fence.” Then Taylor walked away.
Joshua 24:15 says,
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
In this passage, Joshua is challenging the Israelites to decide whom they would serve, God or the false gods of other people groups.
This challenge took place after the Israelites had entered and secured the Promised Land and was Joshua’s farewell address.
Joshua wanted them to decide if they would really worship God because he would soon die and the people had a fairly fickle past of faithfulness to God. Kind of a last reminder, if you will.
The people responded overwhelmingly that they would indeed serve God.
Many of us today, sit on the proverbial fence when it comes to God. We need to make the choice to serve Him or some other god/idol/thing.
We haven’t denied or betrayed Him. Neither have we fully supported Him and pledged our allegiance to Him.
This “middle ground” does not do anyone any good. Too many times I have heard about people who did not put their faith and trust in Christ because of Christians.
The people who claimed to love Him. To follow Him. To serve Him. To tell His story of love, grace, and redemption.
Yet these same Christians denied Jesus with their words, attitudes, and behavior. Or their reluctance to admit they are a Christian claiming that faith is personal and should not be “forced on anyone”.
That kind of fence-sitting only condemns people to hell because you and I wouldn’t tell people about Jesus. Once you tell them about Him that is on them. But never let it be because of our lack of sharing the Gospel in word and deed.
So I encourage you to get down off the fence and decide once and for all to submit your life to Jesus and to glorify Him with your life.
As for me and my household, we will choose to serve the LORD. Who’s with me?
Anyway, I was just thinking…
P.S. Comment below “I Choose Jesus” if you are ready to commit to this life of loving and honoring Jesus. If you need any help getting started or continuing that journey let me know that as well.