Choicesby David Baird on 05/21/15
Choices. Everyday we make choices. If you’re like me, some of your choices are good ones and some, well, not so good. You might even call those not so good choices, bad.
There is responsibility that goes with every choice we make. Usually, the freedom we have to choose carries with it consequences. If we choose, for example, to make a run at the yellow traffic light, the consequence could range from nothing at all to a fatality. Solomon warns of the consequences of choice,“Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their schemes.” (Prov. 1:29-31)
We’ve heard a lot about choice lately in the news. Some decided to loot Baltimore after a young man died while in the custody of police. The Supreme Court is about to rule on Affordable Care Act subsidies and same sex marriage. In the next couple of years, new political leaders will be elected. Lot's of important choices.
Choices. Owning guns. Wearing furs. Driving SUV’s. Smoking cigarettes. Having an abortion. Sex before marriage. Saying “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Living in this country. Believing in Jesus Christ. All are choices we make or, want to make, that carry “politically correct or incorrect” consequences.
King David said in Psalm 119:30 “I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.” Remember the young girl, Rachel Joy Scott, a student at Columbine High School? Her choice to admit her love for Jesus Christ cost her life.
What if you were an Egyptian Christian standing before ISIS? They admitted their love for Jesus and were beheaded? If that choice was before you, what would you choose?
Paul commended Moses for refusing to be the Son of Pharaoh saying, “He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.” (Heb. 11:25) Would you choose rags or riches?
Isaiah warned the Jews about cheating God in their offerings, “But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pigs blood, and whoever burns memorial incense, like one who worships and idol. They have chosen their own ways, and their souls delight in their abominations; so I also will choose harsh treatment for them and will bring upon them what they dread. For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened. They did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me.” (Isaiah 66:3-4) Have you chosen God’s way or your own?
I’ve made thousands of choices over the years. I own guns. I don’t wear furs. I drive a twelve-passenger van. I don’t smoke. I’m pro-life. I don’t mess around on my wife. I love America. I believe that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the Living God, and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior. I even post a ton of those choices on social media like Facebook.
I’ve also made some decisions regarding future choices.
I’ve decided to give God my first fruits – time, money, effort, attention, and love. I want my love relationship with Him to be my first and most important priority.
I’ve also decided to be more consistent. I don’t want my faith in Christ to seem as inconsistent as public opinion expressed in the daily polls. When people see me, I don’t want there to be any question as to whom I place my trust.
Finally, I have decided to stand for the Truth of Jesus Christ no matter what the cost. I will, even in the face of death, choose to admit my love for God and Jesus. In my early life, I wouldn’t even have dreamed that this would be a choice I would face. But times, "they have a changed."
As I reflect on these choices, how could I choose to do or be any less? God made a choice. He chose me at the cost of His only Son. (1 Thes. 1:4; Eph. 1:4,11; 1 Peter 2:9) Now it’s my turn.