Choices, Choices, so many Choices
We live in a world of choices, we choose what to wear, what to eat, what type of activity we want to be involved in, and the list goes on and on. In that fact resides the reason God says we, you and I are gods. We all figure that we get to call the shots or so it seems until we meet a more powerful god, someone with more say in what we do with our time and space, someone with more umph or clout. Though upon careful examination we find that in the final grand scheme of things there were really only two choices that were of magnificent importance, who will you serve. How many times have we said “if I had my way I would do this or that,” if like me it has been more times than can be counted, yet when eternity is concerned and where we will spend it a blind eye is often turned to who has issued the choices we chose or the directives we are following.
let’s look at choices for a moment, consider how many choices there are for what we might eat in order to feed the cells that exist within our body in order that life might continue. When we look at that fact on the surface it appears that there are innumerable things that we can choose from that will accomplish the continuation of feeding the cells of our body. But, in actuality there is really only one choice in order to promote the continuation of the live cells that make up our body, that choice, feed them, eat, or take in nutrients via intravenous feeding, whatever the source, nutrition is necessary. Isn’t it sobering when you think about it, there is really only one choice that we can make if we want to have life and continue to live in our bodies. In the same way that the various food choices make it seem as if we are in control of the cellular life, by wrong choices we can be deceived into thinking there is more than one source of correct spiritual food which provides true spiritual vitality and life. As Jesus said “he that eats of the bread of life” has eternal life, and that life will flow out of that persons inner most being.
Spiritual life depends completely and totally on what we draw from the vine, we are branches, cells, and in the same way the cells of our body depend on nutrient flowing into them for life, we who are spiritual depend solely and completely upon the flow of the spirit of God into our being that we might live spiritual life. Because of our standing in Christ we can make a choice of who we will serve, who we will choose as our master, as the director of our choices. According to Romans 6:14 – 16 the limit of choices in life consists solely and completely on whom we will serve when considering our spirits eternity. Our choices are limited – we may choose to serve the sin nature in us or the Holy Spirit of God who is the life of our new man who is also resident in us. One of the most wonderful things about being saved is the fact that we are no longer compulsory slaves to this sin that is in us which constantly attempts to lure our soul in a rebellion against our Father . Before we were saved we were completely without righteousness unable to be righteous in God’s sight. But because we have freedom in Christ we also have liberty to choose to walk in the Spirit of the living God.
All choices that we make in life are related to one or the other masters that is within us. And upon close examination of these choices we make we are able by God’s Spirit to see the motive of the actions or choices we make. If we are believers, true believers, Jesus is Lord of our life, but that fact does not mean that we will always make choices that reflect his Lordship.
Probably the greatest ploy Satan uses on believers who have done something that is disobedience to our Father is to make us “feel” guilty and no longer accepted in His presence, nothing could be more disrespecting of the work of Christ. That type of thinking is a direct insult to God and is to refute what He has decreed concerning the agreement between the Father and the Son as depicted in Heb. 10:5-10 where we see we as believers are sanctified by the “Will” of the Father executed perfectly by the Son. God’s view of this type of rejection of truth is exhibited in Heb. 10:29 and 9:14 where he shows His displeasure for anyone rejecting His provision for salvation which He offers to the whole world. As believers we are to acknowledge the work of Christ and believe on Him completely as our source of redemption as John 6:29 reveals what work is required of men so far as salvation is required, as Jesus says ” this is the WORK of God, that you believe on Him whom He hath sent.” Any work that does not burn up will be work done as described in 1st Cor. 3:15 by GOD as He works through surrendered believers.