“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. For the Lord is your life…”
Have you been to a supermarket lately? They don’t call them “super” for nothing.
Want some mustard? Yellow? Brown? Hot? Honey? Dijon? German? English? Coney Island?
Want a pickle? There are 45 kinds.
We like to have choices, which is why there are 25 kinds of laundry detergent and 35 flavors of yogurt.
We are defined more by our choices than by anything else.
Our circumstances, family of origin, economic status, education, upbringing, health, sex, race, nationality, work-situation: these all play a role in shaping our lives; but our choices overwhelmingly shape us.
And not just the “big” choices of where to live, who to marry, what work to pursue, and the like, which shape our outward lives.
But the small every-day choices of whether or not to be loving, kind, forgiving, faithful, merciful, honest, hopeful, joyful, peaceful, generous and more, which shape our inward lives. These types of internal choices fashion our hearts and minds.
God built choice into the universe, into us, and then said, “Choose.” It’s called free will but it is actually His love at work giving us the freedom to choose.
Will we choose life or death?
I’m not sure why we choose violence, unforgiveness, lying, stealing, hopelessness, cheating, hatred, murder, selfishness, self-loathing, and such. It is easier, more appealing, at some point and then it isn’t. We ignore the consequences the more we choose sin until we are completely numb and only something huge and powerful knocking us down brings us back to our senses…. and then we choose again whom we will serve.
The Bible says that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. It is this choice which is our ultimate choice, the choice which decides more than any other who we are and what we will do and become.
In choosing to believe, receive and follow Jesus, our entire life is redefined. In Him we gain life forever, become members of His household, Jesus becomes our spouse, God is our Father, the Spirit of power and life moves into us and lives through us, we gain all the promises of heaven, we become members of one holy race, one nation, one family, children of God, ambassadors of Christ, forgiven, free, transformed by His love.
It really is our choice.