AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE…
It hung in one of the spare bedrooms in my grandmother’s house. As kids, we thought it was sacred. It was old and fancy and I knew it meant a lot to my grandmother.
The story pasted on the back is this: Abraham Eitzen and Susana Isaac were married on August 30, 1856 and settled in the village of her parents in South Russia. In the early years of their married life, they (along with some others) became deeply aware of the superficiality of the spiritual lives of the members of the Mennonite church as it was at the time. Their observation was that those attending Sunday morning services seemingly “fulfilled” their entire Christian obligation and hardly embraced it in their every day activities. They began to sense there was something more. So this group of “seekers,” through Bible study, prayer, and the help of an evangelist, found new life in Jesus Christ. When they became fervent in their newly found faith, the church labeled them as fanatics. Susana’s father had no interest or patience with this new “movement” so he offered Abraham and Susana the best farm in the village if they would abandon this group. If they didn’t, the relationship between Susana and her parents would cease to exist. One could only imagine how difficult this decision was to make for this young couple. But their convictions could not be sold for a farm. They chose to zealously pursue their faith in Jesus Christ.
“Ich aber und mein haus, wollen dem Herrn deinen.” In English that means, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” It’s taken from Joshua 24:15 which states, “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
I love this verse. I love this picture. I love the history attached with it. I love knowing that these ancestors of mine zealously chose to pursue their faith in Jesus Christ. I now know why it meant a lot to my grandmother.
It now hangs in my bedroom. And no…it’s not sacred, but it’s powerful. You see, I believe we all need to stand firm in our convictions about whom we will serve. Serving the Lord might be undesirable for some, but as Bob Dylan sang in 1979, “It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” No matter what walk of life you’re from, no matter what race, age, social background, nationality, what name you’re called, where you work, etc., you’re gonna have to serve somebody.
So the question is: As for you and your house…whom will you serve?