2015 – A YEAR FOR CHOICES

When faced with making a decision, one of our granddaughters would ask her parents, “What are my choices”?  Each day, we have to make decisions.  We may wonder, “What are my choices?” 

Some decisions are routine and our choice may matter little to our future.  Sometimes, the “little” decisions may be more important than they appear at the time.  They may lead to habits that have long term bad results.  Many decisions are clearly major and have a large impact on both our immediate and our long term future. The choices we make are important because they affect us and others.

Our society places continual pressure on Christians to conform to its culture. Christians must make a choice: the way of the world or the way of the cross. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12:2: “We are not to conform to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Jesus tells us about the importance of our choice in Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Choose life, a transformed life, rather than the destruction of society and the world.

Our choice is: conformation with the world/society or transformation to be like Christ and follow Him.

Let us choose wisely.  In Joshua 24:15, he challenged the people to make a decision.  “Choose this day whom you will serve (other gods)……….”But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 

I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS THAN SILVER OR GOLD;  I’D RATHER BE HIS THAN HAVE RICHES UNTOLD;

I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS THAN HOUSES OR LANDS.  I’D RATHER BE LED BY HIS NAIL-PIERCED HAND

THAN TO BE THE KING OF A VAST DOMAIN OR BE HELD IN SIN’S DREAD SWAY.

I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS THAN ANYTHING THIS WORLD AFFORDS TODAY.

                                                                                                    Rhea Miller/George Beverly Shea