Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked,
between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Is there a difference between a righteous or a wicked man?
There is as much difference between one who serves God and one who does not as there is between a righteous man and a wicked man.
But sometimes the difference is not so obvious. That is why you need discernment to pick it up.
In time, the difference will show.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
The rain descended and the floods came and the wind blew upon both the houses of the wise and foolish man. This makes many Christians wonder what is the point of serving of God. It makes many Christians begin to backslide and compromise because they have conceded too early.
Just keep going on, just keep working for the Lord, in time the difference will show.
Building on the sand looks like it can save time, it can save money. Sometimes it seems like those are not serving the Lord live happier and better lives.
It will show in your household, in your character, in all you do.
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua made a choice to serve the Lord even if he would be in the minority.
Noah must have been laughed at when he was building ark. It seemed ridiculous. He was in the minority.
In God, the majority is not always right. In God, often the minority is right. The Bible says there is a road that leads to life and few find it.