Wednesday, May 23rd,
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
ye this day whom ye will serve: but as for me and my house, we will serve the
Lord" (Joshua 24:15)
Happy birthday Josh. Your Mom and I picked that
name at church on a Sunday night when Ray Britt had us open our bibles to read
his text, Joshua 1:8. Without saying a word she pointed to the heading. I
whispered, "Yes, that's our boy's name". A week later, twenty-nine years ago,
the bouncing baby boy arrived at Montgomery County hospital. I've not told you
enough how proud I am of you. I love your vocabulary, your sense of style, how
faithful you are to your ministry at Faith Life and how you've excelled as a
daddy, even though you hadn't much to model after. Somewhere in the last few years
you made a choice much like your namesake did. Joshua in the Bible may be known
for making the sun stand still, rolling back the Jordan River or shouting the
walls of Jericho down. That's all big-time stuff. But as far as I'm concerned
the biggest thing Joshua ever did was not when he battled the Amalekites or
made Jericho fall, the biggest thing he ever did was when he gathered his wife
and kids around his side and decided, "As for me and my house, we will serve
It's a miracle to make the sun stand still but
in this lax age it's as great a miracle to make one's son sit still. Grandpas
go soft on the little ones. But you've done well in disciplining your kids. You
are on duty in church every time the doors are open with your family at your side.
Your first ten percent and more are devoted to the Lord. It was touching to
walk in on you and Bambi reading the Word together the other night. You've
learned to trust God at His word. It is that faith that makes rivers divide
opening a doorway to Canaan's promise. May you feast on the fat of the land.
Parents aren't quick to untie apron strings. They often prefer to spare their
children heartache and risk. The Israel Moms and Dads thought that Canaan
with its walled cities and giants would devour their young ones. But God
rebuked them saying, "But your little ones whom you said would be victims, I
will bring in, and they shall know the land which you despised" (Numbers
14:31). The Land is before you. This dad challenges you to go in and take it.
Joshua means Jehovah is salvation or God saves.
You really are our favorite child (for the reader's sake we only had one). Just
kidding. Mom and I didn't name you, the heading of that Bible text named you.
We just agreed with what the Lord spoke. Prophetically it means that Jehovah
wills to save using you as an instrument. Whether or not you preach at a pulpit
like me is immaterial for you already are a gifted preacher for your flock of
five. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord". Now just about everyone
has a Joshua in their family but back in '77 it wasn't a parental naming fad.
Our thought was that the next generation should take the baton where ours leave
off and take the next step into the Land of Promise. Joshua took that step
because he loved the God of the Land of Promise. There is an interesting
biographical sketch in Exodus. Moses would move in and out of the sacred tent
doing his daily routine, "but his servant Joshua...a young man, did not depart
from the tabernacle" (Exodus 33:11). He stayed in the tent; he remained in the
glory. He loved God too much to ever wander from the covenant. And years later
that commitment was still strong. He couldn't speak for the rest of Israel
but his choice was already made, "As for me and my house, we will serve the
Lord". From a proud father let me say, wise choice, son.