Life is filled with choices. Lots of them are almost unconscious choices we make as a part of our daily living. Many choices are small and relatively unimportant matters. But some choices are extremely important to our lives and the responsibility we feel in making those can weigh us down and fill us with anxiety. In this piece I’d like to direct your attention to the most important choice we have to make in life. It is a choice between lords…between destinies…between reasons for living and dying. The choice is not optional. We actually cannot take or leave it. For the truth is that in refusing to name our choice we make a choice. We say “No!” to God, at least for the time being. And the tricky issue with that is we don’t know how long the “time being” will last, do we?
Captain Joshua, feeling his own death coming near, challenged his people by requiring them to make the all-important choice. “…Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”(Joshua 24:15b) The decision to serve God involves taking the time and trouble to consult His Word, the Bible. It means to trust and obey that truth. It means submitting our will to His will. It involves the understanding that God has our best interests at heart. We are invited to cast our cares on Him. The New Testament reveals that the decision for God comes about by learning the Gospel of Christ (see Acts, chapter two) and, in obedience to the gospel, being baptized into Christ, thus enabling Him to forgive our sins and give us the gift of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:38). When this choice of lords is made in favor of Jesus Christ, a wonderful peace flows into our hearts. We never again have to worry that we have missed the most important priority in life. We don’t have to rely only on ourselves for other important decisions with which life fronts us (please read Proverbs 3:5-6).
Following is one believer’s prayer. May it prove encouraging to you.
Dear Jesus, I choose You to be Lord of my life and my eternal soul. I choose what You choose for me and mine. If it breaks our hearts, it will be to make them again more tender and strong. If it tests our faith, it will be to make it more precious. If it makes us weary, it will be to cause us to lean more upon You. If it leaves us wondering why, it will cause us to wait upon You. If it isolates us, You will be our Companion. If it takes us out of this world, why then…we will get to hear You say, “Welcome home, child!” Yes…that is my choice!