Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday's Message

                                                                      Make up your mind
During WWII the Tenboom family lived in Haarlem Holland. They were watchmakers by trade and Christians by faith. Not only that but they were hiding the Jews from the Germans.One day a Jewish woman and her newborn infant were brought to the shop. They needed a place to hide but the Tenboom house was filled to capacity.
The pastor of a nearby church came in to get his watch repaired. During the conversation Corrie Tenboom ask the pastor if he would be willing to assist in hiding the baby and mother. The man said "Definitely not. We could lose our lives for that Jewish child."
Unseen by anyone, the elderly Tenboom appeared in the doorway. "Give the child to me" he said.
He held the baby close, his white beard brushing the baby's cheek. "You say we could lose our lives for this child. I would consider that the greatest honor that could come to my family."
What a man. What courage. What a challenge.
As Joshua came to the close of his life he also issued a challenge to God's people in Joshua chapter 24. He knew these people very well. He had seen how at times they appeared to be faithful and how they had also failed to possess all God had given them. In essence, they failed to believe God.
In verse 15 he states the call plainly. The people could serve any god they wanted. Just choose which one. Then he says "But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord."
As we think about these two men please remember that this kind of faith was molded and shaped through many years of making the right decision over and over again. They did not just wake up one day with this kind of mental toughness. No it took time.
But although it took time it also took decisiveness. There had to be a point of decision. It was necessary to burn the bridges behind. There is no turning back to mediocrity for those who would soar in this life.
So what about you. If faced with the decision to do right and face death, what would you do? Do you know?
The time to decide is now, not when the matter is placed before you. For when it happens time will not stop and the opportunity will forever be gone. Joshua says" Choose you, this day..."

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