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May 2, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, we concluded our series through the Book of Joshua as Pastor Doug shared from Joshua 24. In this message, we explored the second part of Joshua’s farewell address to the people of Israel, discovered what it means to be a covenant people, and learned how to be witnesses to all that God has done and is doing in, through, and around us.
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Covenant: A binding agreement between two parties.
Covenant People Choose to Remember (Joshua 24:1): Here in this chapter, all the people gathered; they presented themselves before the Lord to hear all that God had done for them . . . to hear story their history and understand their identity. Covenant people choose to remember the past because it reminds them of who God is, what He’s done, how He’s worked, and who they are in light of all that He’s done. It reminds them of how they arrived at the present moment. It helps them walk confidently and boldly into whatever their present circumstances look like as they remember that God is with them, God goes before them, and that if God is for them, nothing can stand against them or separate them from His love in Christ Jesus.
Covenant People Have Deep Convictions (Joshua 24:14–15): A disciple of Jesus who is actively growing in his or her relationship with Jesus will become more like Jesus. As that happens in the believer’s life, he or she is able to live with conviction—which comes from the Holy Spirit. As the disciple matures, he or she will be better equipped to choose to reject sin, consecrate himself or herself, lead people, take steps of faith, share the gospel, and serve faithfully.
The strength of our convictions is directly linked to the health of our relationship with Jesus. When we’re walking in step with the Spirit, we are more attuned to the voice of God and our eyes are more fixed on Him. This allows us to drown out the voices of the world more easily. When we’re experiencing closeness with Jesus, we desire His will and glory more than the approval and adoration of others, more than worldly power or pleasures.
Covenant People Are Witnesses to God’s Work (Joshua 24:16–24): We have a responsibility in our covenant with God . . . we are called by Jesus to be His witnesses (Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:48; John 15:27; Acts 1:8); to share the good news of all that He has done in, through, and around us. In Joshua’s day, they would set up monuments, altars, and memorials in the land to remind people of all God had done. Today, we are the monuments, we are the memorials of the work of God through Christ Jesus. We are living, breathing, walking testaments to the life-saving, life-giving, all-consuming love and salvation of Jesus Christ. As such, we must always remember to shine like stars in the sky, radiating the gospel and faithfully witnessing to the next generation.
Covenant People Understand Their Inheritance (Joshua 24:28–33): There is a glory unimaginable waiting for the believer on the other side of death. There are riches, beauty, and wonders our eyes have never beheld or our minds have ever conceived. As Christ-followers, we are given the right and privilege to be called children of God, we are adopted into His family and made heirs of God and coheirs with Christ. Ephesians 2:6–7 (NIV) reminds us that “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” Not only are there incomparable riches that await us, but an eternity in the presence of the Lord Jesus, at His table, seated with Him, speaking with Him, walking with Him, experiencing, enjoying, and exalting Him for all eternity awaits us! But until we get there, let us “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:15 NIV).
Quote to Remember: Be a godly leader in your school, on your team, in your office. Live with conviction.—Doug Sauder
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
As you think about this weekend’s teaching, here are a few questions to reflect on and consider on your own, with your family, or in your group.
1. Why is it important to remember what God has done?
2. How are you ensuring that you remember the work of the Lord in, through, and around you?
3. What does it look like to live with deep convictions? How have you seen this in your life or the lives of those around you?
4. What steps can you take to live with conviction?
5. How are you being a witness to God’s work in your world today?
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Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.