Crucial Choices

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of 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.”

— Joshua 24:15

People of little resolve never accomplish anything. General Julius became Julius Caesar because he made a tough decision: He dared to cross the Rubicon, a river all Roman generals were forbidden to cross even with the smallest band of soldiers. He said, “If I cross not this river this instant then my life shall be overcome with calamities.” And laying the reins upon the neck of his horse, he plunged into the river with this cry: “The die is cast.” He crossed to the other side, ready for battle and ready for destiny.

Our “Rubicon” is the choice to serve God’s kingdom. We all serve something. Even if we decide to ignore God’s service and live for pleasure, Jesus tells us, “Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin.” We need to actively choose who we’ll serve, not wavering somewhere in neutral ground. Charles Spurgeon talks about a group of people he calls “betweenites.” Spurgeon says when the forces of Christ and the forces of Satan gather on opposing hills for that final battle, the “betweenites” will be milling around in the valley below and will be trampled by both sides.

The choice to serve God is urgent; we shouldn’t put it off. You have to decide for yourself—will you serve God, or won’t you? No one can make that choice for you. We all shall die alone and stand alone before God’s presence to account for our choices. In that day we shall be without excuse.

Cross the Rubicon today—choose to serve the Lord with all your heart. Say with Joshua, that tremendous leader of the Israelites, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

“Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things;
give heart and soul and mind and strength,
to serve the King of kings.”
William Merrill