Choose Life (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Beth)


Choices! I sometimes like to have a choice. Especially when it comes to what I eat, how I wear my hair, and what my nails look like. Okay, stay with me. Although these might seem like trivial things, they are some of the choices that we make every day. There are other choices that we make in our lives that are not so trivial. What church will I attend? To which school will I send my children? What bank do I trust enough to take care of my money? Where will I be buried? Where will I spend eternity? These are questions that require us to make a choice.

There are many areas in our lives where we do not have a choice. You did not choose your place of birth. You did not choose your gender or your race. These are things God chose for you.

God honors us with the freedom to choose where we spend eternity. You can choose where you want to live, and where you will send your children to school. In his book He Chose the Nails, author

Max Lucado describes it best:

“We can choose:
A narrow gate or a wide gate,
A narrow road or a wide road,
The big crowd or the small crowd (Matthew 7:13-14)

We can choose to:
Build on rock or sand (Matthew 7:24-27)
Serve God or riches (Matthew 6:24)
Be numbered among the sheep or the goats (Matthew 25:32-33)

God gives us eternal choices and these choices have eternal consequences. One of God’s gifts is the gift of choice.”

The Lord gives us the same choice He gave the Israelites many years ago. “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live…so choose life in order that you may live ….” (Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 19). Have you chosen life or death? “And the witness is this that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12).

Have you chosen life in Christ? Out of all the choices God has given you, have you made the most important choice of all – life in His Son Jesus?

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