Choices, Choices, Choices
Do you ever get to the point in your life where you get tired of making choices? I think it happens to everyone at some point in time. However, when you really think about it, choices are what determine our experiences in life for good or ill!
Choices we make today have a significant effect upon the next day of our lives. GOOD choices equal good results, while BAD choices bad results! Perhaps, we are defined by our choices. When I look back in life, I realize there were some bad choices which eventually have created difficulties or unpleasant experiences.
GALATIANS 6:7-8 (ESV) clearly informs us about our choices:
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
ROMANS 12:2 ESV
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We make choices everyday, all the time. What do I wear; what do I eat; where shall I go; on and on it goes 24/7. We begin to wonder why the world is presently in such a mess. We know one thing, CHOICES have been the greater influence! Your destiny is a choice and how you get there involves many choices. Being a believer includes continuous choices which need to be encouraged by the Holy Spirit, in order to reach our final goal!
Two personalities emerge, so often depicted in our lives today, in Luke 10: 38- 42. One was Martha, the other Mary. Jesus was invited to their home. He observed that Martha, busy as a bee, trying to prepare everything, to get it just right! Perhaps, Martha was a perfectionist, who is always distracted by making all in perfect order and nothing out of place. The Bible says in Luke, she was distracted by all that she was trying to do, and even brought it up to Jesus, that she was doing all the work, etc.
On the other hand, there was Mary, who from the entry of Jesus was sitting at His Feet, taking in every word He said, just totally caught up in His Presence.
This is a great lesson for us today in the Body of Christ, especially when all our attention is caught up in preparations, and very little given to sitting at His Feet.! Martha made her choice, and Mary made hers. Jesus answered Martha’s complaint by saying, ” Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. MARY HAS CHOSEN WHAT IS BETTER, AND IT WILL NOT BE TAKEN FROM HER.” (vss, 41-42).
More than practical service to God, Mary knew her first task was to love, devote, worship, fellowship with her Lord Jesus! Can we not learn from the clarity of the Martha and Mary experience, and begin to pray, weigh, and realize that we must make the right choices to allow our lives to be blessed and guided by The Holy Spirit.
Man was created with the blessing to make choices, good or evil. We now know where that took us! Thankfully, Jesus came to reverse the curve and give us the opportunity to become part of a fellowship of His Kingdom. Making the right choice is a no brainer, when we compare a hopeless world without Christ to a life where blessed assurance leads our way.
In Joshua 24, he is telling the tribes of Israel that they should put away all pretender gods, and make the choice to serve the only true God Who saved them and brought them through it all. ” Choose you this day whom you will serve…as for me and my household we will serve the Lord.” (vs.15).
NO MATTER WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH, WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH, IT IS YOUR CHOICE. CHOOSE WISELY! HE CARES FOR YOU. YOU ARE NEVER ALONE. CHOOSE JESUS!