March 25, 2012

Choices, Choices, Choices!!!

Everything we do in life involves choices. Everyday that God gives us the gift of life, we can decide how to live life. We can choose to be productive or unproductive; get out of or stay in bed; take Metro or drive to work; cook or eat out, wear red instead of blue; send our children to public or private school; eat beef or pork; eat wheat or white bread; drink tap or distilled water; stay single or get married; stay married or get a divorce; choose a new rewarding career, or remain miserable in a monotonous dead end job; serve God or not serve God; pray or not pray, show and give love or show and give hate; be an agnostic, humanist, or monotheistic; become a Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness, or Christian; attend a Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal, Non-Denominational, or a Holiness church; live or die. Hmm, choices, choices, choices!!! Life is full of so many choices.

The choices we make while living on this earth, can result in life’s great gain or destruction. Our eternal destiny is determined by the way we live now! Have you ever pondered the thought of life after death? Do you believe there is life after death? Many of you reading this post may say, “I do believe in life after death”, and may emphatically say, “I know exactly where I’m going”. Do you really believe there is a God? Does your lifestyle exemplify your belief? Where will you spend eternal life? Who or what is your eternal security?

Joshua, Moses’ successor, is an example of a Godly leader who submitted to God, and was successful in being a spiritual influence in leading Israel to remain faithful servants of God. In Joshua’s final message, he stated “Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God” (Joshua 23:11), and “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

Living life without God, is like a fish living out of water. In order for the fish to live to its fullest potential, it must remain in water because water is its source of life. In order for us to live to our fullest potential, we need to be connected to God - our source of life.  One of the most important choices you can make this day is to choose eternal life and not eternal damnation. Every time we wake up, it is not a mistake or coincidence, it is the will and purpose of God. God allows opportunities to confess our evildoings, repent and turn from our wicked ways, and turn our hearts toward Him to gain eternal security.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that if you were to die this day, that you would spend eternal life with God, where there will be no more sorrows, heartaches, or evil? Some of you may believe that you have time to give your life to God or you have other things you would like to accomplish before solely surrendering to Him. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church of Thessalonica, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night” (I Thessalonians 5:2). One of the biggest accomplishments in life, is knowing that your eternal destiny is with God, and God has provided a way of escape from eternal damnation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

We all are travelers of life, and many of us are traveling nowhere fast. But, you can “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few be there that find it (Matthew 7:13-14). The gateway to eternal life is called “strait” and the only way to live eternally with God is to believe in Jesus Christ, because He alone died for our sins and made us righteous before God (Romans 5:19).

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