One Christian radio personality loves to ask his guests one particular question. It’s a daunting question, but one which allows you to summarize your life. The question: What is the most courageous moment in your life?
It is a crucial question because most western Christian’s have grown comfortable with the “inhabitants” in their heart. For a time they fought valiantly to eradicate the enemy, but they grew weary of the fight. Once upon a time, they were vigilant, but now they have grown satisfied because they are better than their friends. They halt just shy of total possession.
Possession is an interesting concept. We look to possess all of God’s blessings and yet we do not offer ourselves in toto. With God, it is all for all. You possess all His blessings once He possesses all of you. No other arrangement will satisfy. This is the reason Joshua challenges the people to be courageous. “Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book” (Joshua 23:6). These people have fought the enemy. What could be more courageous? The tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh left their families unprotected across Jordan. What could trump their courage?
The most courageous thing you can do is to commit to doing all of God’s command. Complete obedience requires you to empty yourself of pride and self-proclaimed wisdom. It requires turning your back to the gods of worldly wisdom, pragmatism, indulgence, and satisfaction. It requires a choice. Choose this day whom you will serve! As for you and your house, the most courageous decision you will ever make is to serve the Lord.