Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
It is commonplace to be loyal to friends or family members who have been good to us. Are you inclined to treat God the same way? A true reflection on what God has done should not only incite thanksgiving and praise, but also a decision to be loyal to him. That was what the Psalmist was saying in Psalms 116:12-13 when he said “what shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” He answered his own question by saying “I will take the cup of salvation.” The Psalmist intended response to all of the benefits of God towards him was to take up the cup of salvation or be loyal to God. Have you chosen to be loyal to God?
In Joshua 24:15, Joshua chose where his loyalty would lie when he said “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”. He declared his loyalty while having a conversation with the Children of Israel to admonish them to be loyal to God. He started out by reminding them of where they were coming from. God had brought them from a long way and he never wanted them to forget that. In doing so, he brought to their attention the fact that their forefather Abraham was an idol worshipper before God called him, to make the point that Abraham never had a squeaky clean past but God still chose to bless him.
He went further to remind them that it was God who brought them out of 430 years of bondage in Egypt to inherit the land flowing with milk and honey. The point Joshua was making was that since God has been the source of all the goodness that has flowed into their lives, who would they choose to serve or be loyal to? In the moment, they chose to serve the Lord but years later they broke their commitment. In light of all that God has done for you, make a commitment to be loyal to him for the remainder of your lifetime.
Remind yourself of where God has taken you from and what he has taken you through and commit to a lifetime of loyalty to him not culture practices.
Lord, forgive me for the times I have been disloyal to you. I commit going forward to always remain loyal to you even when it is not popular. In Jesus name, amen.