Not Finished Yet (Joshua 23-24)

28 So Joshua sent the people away, every man to his inheritance. Joshua 23:28

Question: Could this be the end of the world as we know it?  This sobering question is being asked by many within the church.  But at the same time many other people are living as if this CV-19 is a big hoax or as one person said, “I am young so I do not have to worry about it.”

Brothers and sisters, what would be your viewpoint be if you truly knew this was going to be your last assignment on the earth?  But at the same time, what would your viewpoint be if you truly knew,  you were not finished yet?

Well, let’s let the above questions hang for a few moments as we once again go back in time to the days of Joshua and the people of Israel.  As we come to chapter 23, it is clear, Joshua was giving his last charge before he would die (Joshua 24:29-30).  Joshua was 110 years old.

In chapter 23, Joshua gathered the elders for one last great meeting.  I want to challenge you to go back and read it again.  I have broken his charge into four manageable thoughts for us:

  • Joshua reminded Israel of God’s miracle work since their beginning days, 23:3.
  • Joshua  reminded Israel of God’s assignment for the people: The people had been allotted territory that needed conquering, 23:4-5.
  • Joshua reminded Israel of God’s playbook for their lives, 23:6-12.

By the way, this is God’s playbook for our lives today:

  1. Be strong in clinging to God’s Word.
  2. Be separated from the world (do not mix).
  3. Walk in intimacy with God.

 11 Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God.  23:11

Brothers and sisters, this was the key.  If a person did not know the author of the playbook, he or she would not have a desire to cling to the author and distance themselves from what would pull them away from the author.

There is one more thought here:

  • Joshua charged Israel to never turn away from God, 23:13-16.

Brothers and sisters, these are amazing reminders for our day.  So back to our question:  Are we as a church at the finish line?

Here is what I know:  Joshua was at his finish line when he plainly spoke:

14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

I really do not know if Jesus will return in the morning, noon-day, or night, but I know He is coming and I know until He comes for me in either death or the Second-Coming, I have work to do.  He has given me the playbook and I am to get out on the field and do kingdom work!

I wonder, will you join me today?





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