For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ – Galatians 1:10
As I read Joshua’s command: “choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:” (Joshua 24:15), I was reminded of the movie Braveheart. It is the scene in which William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, rallies his army: “Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!”
Each day, we’ll encounter an opportunity to demonstrate our Christianity through the people we meet and the situations we face. While it may require courage in light of potential backlash, such as alienation, the reward is far more important. Joshua lived his life honorably, declaring: “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” And, William Wallace dedicated himself to fighting for Scotland’s independence.
Not only do we represent God when we choose to stand firm in our convictions, we inspire others to do the same. The world isn’t concerned whether we say we believe in Jesus, they want to see it. Let’s show them!