By: Lisa Wilmore
First and foremost, we must make our choices based on Godliness and God’s principles. God gives us the privilege to make choices between immediate pleasures, worldly desires or his promises. In fact, he gives each of us a free will to choose.
Moses records God’s plea to the Israelites to choose life or death. God said, “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him…”(Deuteronomy 30:15?-?20a NIV).
In the above mentioned scriptures, the Israelites had a choice to decide whether they wanted to be forgiven for their idolatrous ways or stay on the path in which they were on. In like manner, we have a choice to either love and obey him or reject him. We must be good stewards over our freedom to make choices that please God.
Next, there are many who have chosen to be obedient to God’s will as well as his laws. Yet, there are many who have chosen to willfully disobey his will and his way. In reality, it is important to realize that the choices we make “set in motion upcoming consequences in our lives”.
Some choices will yield positive consequences, while other choices will yield negative consequences. When individuals make choices for the love of money or even thrills which are momentary, they will reap the destruction of those corrupt choices.
In the final analysis, when Christians succomb to the world’s way and negative choices are exposed, unfavorable consequences will follow. Not only will the consequences be unfavorable, but they will hinder our witnessing for Christ, also. So, we must choose wisely and “set in motion positive consequences for our lives”.