Joshua 24.14-27 - Commitment to?

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Some decisions in life are not really that important and won't be remembered. Let me ask you - Can you remember what you bought for everyone last Christmas? Can you remember what you had for breakfast on this day last year? Can you remember the first time you ate porridge? Other decisions are really important - the choice to get married and to whom. The career you choose to follow. For some the choice of football team you support is important. We make many decisions during our lifetime and some are inconsequential whilst others affect us, our families and a wider circle of people. But then you all know that but maybe this morning it would be good just to stop and think about the decisions you make as we begin a new year at Church.

Turn with me to Joshua 24 verses 14-27. Joshua is now 110 years old.

He has led the people of Israel for 67 years. He, along with Caleb, are the only two survivors of the generation who came out of Egypt, crossed the Red Sea and wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience. He and Caleb, alone out of that generation, entered the Promised Land. Joshua has come to the end of his life and he gathers the people before him to give them one last instruction from God. The people no doubt gathered to hear him as much out of respect for this long-lived, and it would seem much loved, leader.

In Africa the Christian people have a habit of saying "God is good, all the time, God is good., because that is His nature." In verses 1-13 God speaks through Joshua and tells the people all that He has done for them. 16 times we read 'I' for...