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*Think about this question carefully: What words would you say if you knew they would be your last words? What would you want to communicate to your family, friends, acquaintances, and neighbors? Here's a question I've been pondering this week. What sermon would I preach if I knew it would be my last? What point would I want to make? What's the one thing I would want to leave you with? I think I know the answer. I would want to challenge you to do whatever it takes to obey the Lord Jesus and press on in faith.*
Today, we come to the end of the book of Joshua. And the end of this book marks the end of Joshua's life. Here, Joshua is 110 years old. He was 40 when he was delivered out of Egypt across the Red Sea. He was 80 when he led the people through the Jordan and began to conquer the land. For 30 years he led, served, encouraged, rebuked and challenged the people of God to love and serve the Lord.
There are three sermons of Joshua in the closing three chapters of this book. In chapter 22, Joshua delivered a sermon to the 2 ½ tribes who decided to go back into the wilderness and make their home beyond the Jordan. In chapter 23, Joshua calls the leaders of Israel together, the elders, leaders, judges and officials, and challenges them to continue to press on in victory. And in chapter 24, Joshua gathers the entire company of the people together in Shechem and charges them to be faithful to fervently obey God and follow His will. In other words, do whatever it takes to go on with God. To do whatever it takes to finish well. To do whatever it takes to be found faithful. READ 14-18
Joshua knows that this is his last opportunity to address the nation of Israel and he challenges them to press on. To do whatever it takes! Remember, it's not so much how you start your life that matters, but how you finish that counts in the end. You won't be remembered by what y ...
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