“And the people said to Joshua, ‘The Lord we will serve, and his voice we will obey.’ So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day … And he took a large stone and set it up there…” (Joshua 24:24-26)
In several passages of the Old Testament, God tells people who are following Him to mark their journey with large stones as a memorial to what He was doing in their lives. This happened during some of the most important moments in the journey of God’s people. In Joshua 24 we see God’s people arriving in the Promised Land and receiving their inheritance, but before they do Joshua sets up a large stone as a reminder of the commitment they’d all made together to serve the Lord.
The inheritance – the piece of land and resources that God was giving them – had been set aside long before this. But Joshua didn’t release any of them until all of them had come together as a people. A Joshua generation goes together – focused not on themselves, but on the community they are serving.
No other passage of Scripture had a greater impact on the name of our church. Here at Milestone Church, we believe that each of our relationships with God should be marked by change – transformation. God is taking us somewhere. As we serve Him and walk through life together, our lives will be marked, just like these giant stones, by His undeniable presence and power at work in our lives.
Prayer: Father, we want to be a Joshua generation that commits to serve You. May we walk in unity as we journey together as the body of Christ reaching out to others in need. Amen.