Joshua tells the people to “fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness.” (Joshua 24: 14) Then he suggests that it might be “evil in [their] eyes to serve the Lord.” He tells them to “choose this day whom [they] will serve, whether the gods [their] fathers served…or the gods…in whose land [they] dwell.” Joshua tells them, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’
Jesus warns us to consider a task carefully before we undertake it, to make certain we have the wherewithal to complete it, to see it through to the end. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9: 62)
Joshua warns the people as well, reminding them that the Lord “is a holy God. He is a jealous God; He will not forgive [their] transgressions or [their] sins.” Joshua says to them, “If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you, after He has done you good.” (Joshua 24: 19, 20)
The people swear, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey.” (Joshua 24: 24)
A stone became the witness “against [them], for it heard all the words of the Lord that He spoke to [them]. Therefore it became a witness against [them], lest [they] deal falsely with [their] God. So Joshua sent the people away, each man to his inheritance.” (Joshua 24: 27, 28)
We serve a holy God, a jealous God. He gives none of His glory to another, nor should He. Joshua reminds us to serve God in sincerity and faithfulness. To be sincere is to be candid, direct, earnest, frank, genuine, guileless, heartfelt, honest, open, real, serious, simple, and wholehearted. To be faithful is to be constant, dependable, devoted, dutiful, honest, loyal, reliable, steadfast and trustworthy.
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the Light and does not come to the Light, lest his works be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3: 17 – 21)