MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR GOD
When it comes to making the right choices in life we come face to face with God and our faith in Him. In years past life was much simpler and there were not so many choices. Today there are choices on every hand. All the choices that we make should be based upon what is right in the sight of God. "What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose." (Psalm 25:12) What way will you choose? We have the freedom to conduct our life in any way that we want. However, not every way is right, not every way would honor God and not every way will be blessed by Him.
Our prayer should be that God would help us to be quick to recognize right and strong to do it. God has given us the ability to discern between right and wrong. He gave us His word in written form so that we could sense and understand for ourselves as to what would be the right choice. "See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil." (Deuteronomy 30:15) Make your choices in life based on God's desire, not on your own wishes.
While you can choose to do so choose to become a Christian NOW! To become a Christian you must hear the gospel (Romans ), believe in Jesus (John ), repent of sins (Acts ), confess Christ as Lord (Acts ), and be baptized to be saved. (1 Peter 3:21) God saves those that do these simple things, and adds them to His church. (Acts ) Those that were saved were simply Christians. They wore no human religious name. (Acts ) They subscribed to no human creed. They were not members of some denominational church. They were united in the one body as Christ had prayed. (John 17:20-20) They made a choice to live a new and hopeful life.
While you can choose to do so choose to pray diligently instead of simply carrying on your life as if God did not care. The Psalmist wrote: "Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear. But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me!" (Psalm 66:16-20) It is very comforting to know that God hears and answers our prayers. God listens to those that love Him, fear Him, obey Him and that stand in awe of His greatness and power.
While you can choose to do so choose to become a growing disciple of the Lord Jesus. Christian growth should bring us to the point of a life of love, peace, joy and meekness. We should be like our master, Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." (Galatians 5:22-26) Following this simple teaching will produce a powerful Christian example. "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:18)
While you can choose to do so choose to become an evangelist for Jesus. Christian responsibility includes our efforts to save those that are not Christians. It is the responsibility of one Christian to teach another person about the Christ. "And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:2) Evangelism is a command of the Lord Jesus. "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark ) Christians must teach the lost about the One that brings salvation. The joy of Christianity is in bringing others to Christ. The challenge for each of us is to spend enough time with Jesus that we can become soul-winners.
While you can choose to do choose to use your money to support the Lord's ministry. Our giving must include the giving of our time, talent and money. But, if we do not give our money it is difficult to give anything else. "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:19-20) What a statement -- "Where your treasure is there will your heart be also." Where is your heart? Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." (Luke 6:38.) Our giving or lack of it can either cause God to withhold blessings from us or to give so much we can not even receive all that He gives. (Malachi 3:8-11) Let us learn to be liberal in our giving.
The great invitation of our Lord Jesus has gone forth to all men. It has been heard through the ages and now comes to us. "And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' And let him who thirsts come. And whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17) Please accept the invitation of our Lord, serve Him faithfully and then when you die you will spend eternity in heaven!
By Charles Box,