Joshua is one of the few men in the Bible who got it right. Many of the men who went before him failed miserably in surrendering their lives to God initially, yet eventually released control over to the Father. Not Joshua. Whether he paid attention to the failure around him or simply chose more wisely than other men, Joshua got it right.
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Joshua says to choose this day whom you will serve. He goes on to say as far as he and his household are concerned, they will be serving the Lord. Joshua knew that he had to make a choice on how to live his life – either by serving himself and his own wants and desires – or to fully surrender his life to God. As a result of making the correct decision as to who should be running his life, he became one of the most successful men in the Bible with everything that he accomplished through God.
There is a reason that he was the first one to lead the Israelites from the desert into the Promised Land to begin to conquer and gain possession of the specific lands that God wanted them to have. Joshua ended his life making the statement that God had not failed to give him every ounce of land that his foot had stepped on. God was able to do this for him because he was willing to fully surrender himself to God.