The question we Christians grapple today is: How to maintain Christ-like identity in the pluralistic world where God expects us to be different from the pattern of the world. Are we really bold to witness about Christ to the present generation?
In chapter 24, Joshua called the whole community of Israel including its leaders and mentioned about God’s hand of protection over their entire journey. He acknowledged the power of God behind every victory. But unfortunately, Israelites forgot God’s grace by worshiping other gods, which they got from Egypt and other neighbouring nations. Joshua was unhappy with their lifestyle and warned them to take a right decision instead of being hypocrites. He cautioned them about the consequences of not following God in vs. 20. In the midst of all this, Joshua took a bold step in declaring his choice of serving God along with his household. Vs. 15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. He was not afraid in expressing God’s faithfulness and his faithfulness to God. By hearing this, people realized their mistakes, repented from their wrongdoings and lived peacefully.
Similarly, God wants us to declare our faith in Him boldly. God has always been good to us. He has blessed us with His gifts of salvation and eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ. God’s faithfulness and mercy continues to flow, so that we may be richly blessed. Moses in Deuteronomy 7:9 mentions: ‘We have a faithful God who keeps covenant (promise) and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments.’ Hence, we should not take God’s care and concern lightly. There are still some hidden sins that we are not able to leave. In Mark 8:36, Jesus said, ‘What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?’ If we compromise with the world then we cannot be a true witness to Christ. Like Joshua we have to take a stand by acknowledging the works of the Lord in our lives. Someone has beautifully said, ‘our attitude towards God expresses our true service to God.’