Monday, August 03, 2009
Servant of the Lord
Then Joshua summoned the Reubennites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh and said to them, "You have done all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded, and you have obeyed me in everything I commanded. For a long time now--to this very day--you have not deserted your brothers but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you. Now that the LORD your God has given your brothers rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan. But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul."
Joshua 22:1-5, New International Version
Servant of the Lord
As Joshua was about to release from service the men from the tribes that lived east of the Jordan River, he gave them this charge.
Be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.
As I pondered this, I realized that Joshua just summed up the essence of the Christian life. Thousands of years later, this is still true!
I am at the point in my life where my children are leaving the nest. When your children leave, what advice do you give to them? (I know that they often do not listen when they first leave, but most of the time, they will come back later with questions.) What is your goal for your children when they leave home?
We often envision college, a great career, and a nice home and family. Our culture would consider that person a great success. Now that is not particularly bad advice, but is it the most important advice we can give to our children? And, is a person not a success if he does not follow the above, "formula for success?"
As a servant of the Lord, I challenge you to pray for your children, no matter what their age or relationship to you, and give them the same advice that Joshua gave his troops.
Love the LORD your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, and hold fast to Him and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.
That, dear Christian, is true success! No matter what their station in life, whether bond or free, whether rich or poor, their purpose in life is the love the Lord their God with all their soul and with all their might. If they are not Christians, then that is to be uppermost in your prayers for them. No matter what their level of success on this earth, they have lost all without Christ.
That is a very sobering thought, is it not?
God Bless You,