As For Me…

As For Me and My House…

When I was growing up My Grandpa and Grandma Huisman lived in a three-story apartment complex that didn’t have an elevator. When they would host family parties I remember having to carry the food my mom prepared up those three flights of stairs. This was not something I enjoyed. Getting to the top of those stairs was a small victory for my young legs!

Grandma or Grandpa would then meet us at the top of the stairs and as soon as you walked into the door you would be greeted with a sign like the one in the picture above. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” declared what their home was all about. But this wasn’t just a fancy decoration for the wall, it was built into the fabric of who they were. Their home was bathed in prayer, and their children were raised with the understanding that Jesus held the top spot in the home. This legacy was passed on to the grandchildren as well. Every sleepover at Grandma’s house came complete with a praise cassette tape that would sing us to sleep, and each morning would be accompanied with prayers of thanks for the day.

We would normally have the cousins sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s house on Saturday nights because most of the Huisman family attended the same church. For me, attending church was another awesome opportunity to see my aunts, uncles, and cousins. It really was a special time. I don’t even know how long that time lasted, one, maybe two years, but I’ve never forgotten it.

Our common bond was not sharing a meal together, or even watching a sport together. (Usually it was Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.) Don’t get me wrong, we did those things. But our common bond was always Jesus. He always was…Grandma and Grandpa have been in heaven for many years, but Jesus is still at the top for those of us who were left behind.

As For Me and My House We Will Serve the Lord.

These words were spoken by Joshua to the children of Israel just before he died. He had noticed how easy it was for the Jews to fall into the trap of worshipping other gods. They were now living in the land of the Amorites, whom they had conquered, but some had abandoned the Lord. This is when Joshua points to all of the wonderful ways God had delivered their enemies into their hands. His parting words asked the people to choose a side, but as for him and his house, he would be worshipping the Lord.

Pay close attention to how Joshua made the decision for his family. This was a legacy he would purposefully pass on. It wasn’t up for a vote.

Take a moment to pray about the legacy you are passing on to your family and friends. Would they be able to say that Jesus sits at the top of your list and all other things are secondary, or would they see conflicted priorities?

None of us will always be perfect at this, but it’s always healthy to have this topic brought to our attention from time to time.

Just wanted to let everyone know that the entire church has now been rekeyed. Old keys to the building will no longer work. We are in the process of developing a new system of entry for people, but in the meanwhile, please know that for security reasons we will not be distributing new keys to members or volunteers. This includes not only entry doors, but also storage and closet doors. We are setting up new ways for keys to be made available through different access points and the church staff. We ask for your patience as we implement this new system of entry. Thank you so much for your understanding. 

Pastor Josh