Joshua 24:15 (King James Version)
15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
We make choices every single day, sometimes several times a day. Do we make the right choice? Sometimes yes, maybe a lot of times no. But this one choice, who we will serve will set the course for our entire lives. Not a choice to be taken lightly although many do.
Time really is getting short. We have heard that all our lives but we are living in a time when WE are seeing prophecy fulfilled right now! Now is the time for us to make the "right" choice, although in this world, it isn't the safe choice in the natural. But in the supernatural, it makes the difference between this world being the only one you get and the promise of everlasting life. So in reality it becomes not only the right choice but also the safe choice. It's planning for the future, better than any 401k plan offered in the world today.
In the book of Acts, Stephen had a choice to make. The choice he made was the right choice but it wasn't the safest choice at the time. As we know from reading the Bible, he was stoned to death for choosing Jesus.
Daniel, was thrown into the lion's den for worshipping God. Again, the right choice but not the safe choice (on the surface). However, he knew that God would take care of him either way. Even if the lions ripped him from limb to limb, he knew God was still God! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo when they were facing the fiery furnace said (paraphrase) that even if they were burned up, God would still be God and they would not serve a false god. In all the cases, they made the right choice but it didn't appear to be the safe choice.
Even Jesus had a choice! Sometimes we forget that. We forget that He was Lord, at anytime He could have said enough! He made a choice. The right choice because what all of the above knew was that not only did it affect their destiny but it affected each one of ours. Their strength gives us strength.
Luke Chapter 9 talks about two men who wanted to follow Jesus - one wanted to go bury his dead, the other wanted to go back and bid his family farewell.They had to make a choice. It wasn't an easy choice, it wasn't a safe choice. Certainly the apostles suffered many things for Jesus, but it was the right choice.
Every choice in life that we make sets in motion a ripple effect, with far reaching consequences. What we choose to do or say in each situation we face impacts our entire lives AND the lives of others whether we believe that or not.
Proverbs 1:22-33 (King James Version)
(1st one Dec. 2009)