There are times when God sends thunder to stir us. There are times when God sends His blessings to lure us. But then there are times when God sends nothing but silence as He honors us with the freedom to choose where we spend eternity. And what an honor it is! In so many areas of life we have no choice. Think about it. You didn’t choose your gender. You didn’t choose your siblings. You didn’t choose your race or the place of your birth. Sometimes our lack of choices angers us. “It’s not fair,” we say. It’s not fair that I was born in poverty or that I sing so poorly or that I run so slowly. But the scales of life were forever tipped on the side of fairness when God planted a tree in the Garden of Eden. All complaints were silenced when Adam and his decedents were given free will, the freedom to make whatever eternal choice we desire. Any injustice in this life is offset by the honor of choosing our destiny in the next. Wouldn’t you agree? Would you have it otherwise? Would you have preferred the opposite? You chose everything in this life, and He chooses where you spend the next? You choose the size of your nose, the color of your hair, and your DNA structure, and He chooses where you spend eternity? Is that what you would prefer? It would have been nice if God had let us order life like we order a meal: I’ll take good health and a high IQ. I’ll pass on the music skills, but give me a fast metabolism …. Would’ve been nice. But it didn’t happen. When it came to your life on earth, you weren’t given a voice or a vote. But when it comes to life after death, you were. In my book that seems like a good deal. Wouldn’t you agree? Have we been given any greater privilege than that of choice? Not only does this privilege offset any injustice, the gift of free will can offset any mistakes. You’ve made some bad choices in life, haven’t you? You’ve chosen the wrong friends, maybe the wrong career, even the wrong actions and relationships. You look back over your life and say, “If only …. if only I could make up those bad choices.” You can. One good choice for eternity offsets a thousand bad ones on earth. God allows you the choice. The choice is yours. He Will Let You Choose. Thoughts from reading “I Will Let You Choose” by Max Lucado.
Out of love for one another…….
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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Jesus Christ you are serving.” ~~ Colossians 3:23-24
Something to Smile About
On the Lighter Side . . .
An older, tired-looking dog, wandered into my yard one day. I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.
He calmly came over to me and I gave him a few pats on his head. Then he followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.
An hour later, he went to the door and I let him out.
The next day he was back… greeted me in my yard, walked inside, and resumed his spot in the hall, and again slept for about an hour. This continued off and on for several weeks.
Curious, I decided to pin a note to his collar which read: “I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful, sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”
The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3, and he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?”
Think About It
Choose Your Own Ending
When I was a child in school I came across the Choose Your Own Adventure book series. It touted that “you are the star of the story,” and you could choose from 40 possible endings. The reader made choices at critical parts of the story and would then turn to a certain page to continue the story. I hated it when I ended up falling into a canyon! Just like in real life, every choice had consequences. In the Bible, Israel was faced with a great many choices that determined the nation’s outcome. Observe the Passover, or neglect the command (Ex. 12:21-28)? Stay with God, or return to Egypt (Ex. 14:10-12)? Obey God’s law, or rebel (Ex. 24:3-8)? Allow fear to rule, or trust God’s strength (Num. 13-14)? Serve God, or return to idols (Joshua 24:14-15)? On and on it went! There were many other crucial moments in the history of Israel, but none more pivotal than the day Christ walked among them. The choice was eternal life, or eternal punishment (John 10:10-11; Matt. 25:31-46; Mark 16:16). Like those who first heard the gospel in the first century, we also have set before us a blessing or a curse, and we are given the privilege to choose our own ending! His word over our own will (Matthew 7:24-27). Love over hate (John 13:34-35; Luke 6:27). Spirit over flesh (Romans 8:13). It’s your adventure. What will you choose?