And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord!” So, Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord for yourselves, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!” Joshua 24:21
Just before Joshua died, he met with the Israelites. He reminds them of what God did when He brought their ancestors out of Egypt. He reminded them how God was faithful as He kept Hos promise and brought them into the Promised Land. Then, he challenges them; he tells them that they need to make a choice in who they will serve, whether God or the gods of the Amorites. When the people responded, and told Joshua that they were choosing to serving God, Joshua told the people that they were witnesses against themselves as to the choice they just made to serve God.
My question is this, who saw (witnessed) your decision to serve God? Who knows? Some of us want to serve God in secret, in our hearts while the we make the whole world believe we’re heathens. But news flash, if no one can tell that you’re saved, you’re probably not. (Exemptions given to those who make such a commitment within their last dying moments, of course).
According the scripture, for a matter to be established, there needs to be at least two or three witnesses. One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses (Deu 19:15). Witnesses, as defined by BDB and Strong’s concordances, refers to people who bear evidence as to the actions of another or the occurrence of an event. I remember the thief on the cross had at least three witnesses when he asked Jesus to remember him when He went to His kingdom (Luke 23:39-43). The thief’s witnesses were: Jesus, the other thief, and Luke who wrote the Gospel.
All I’m asking is, “who knows?” Who knows that you are a born again believer? Who knows that you have repented of your sins and accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour? Who knows that you have chosen to serve God wholeheartedly? The choice to serve God must be done before witnesses. One cannot say they are serving God and yet no one knows.