“And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day” (Joshua 4:9).TEXT — Joshua 4:1-9
A monument is something that serves as a good reminder. It constantly points the attention of people to something or action of someone that is notable. This precisely is what God, through redemption in Christ, calls every believer to be in the world. He wants us to be a reference point of His transforming power and to leave an indelible mark of the gospel truth on those we meet.
Our text dwells on God’s command to Joshua to raise a monument as a memorial in respect of crossing River Jordan. This no doubt was a significant miracle, which God wanted them to keep in mind as well as communicate to generations after them. Chosen men from among the 12 tribes of Israel were to carry a stone each for the construction of the monument; hence, none of the tribes was left out.
In the same vein, those who have experienced salvation must not fail in their responsibility to pass on the gospel message until it is transferred to the next generation. No business can be more important than this. God’s call to salvation and service leaves no one out.
Believers should take every opportunity to set up monuments of eternal value in people’s lives. We should join hands with other believers to engage in mass evangelism. We should be part of the large throng praying for the salvation of souls in our communities. We should also contribute financially in soul-winning efforts. Everyone who has tasted of God’s mercy cannot withdraw from or be passive in making known His mighty acts. Attracting souls into the Kingdom will, no doubt, become eternal monuments to our record in heaven.
Thought for the day
It is wisdom to stand and be counted in God’s service.
- in one year
- EZRA 4 – 6