A lot is said these days about making a choice. Christianity is being thought of as just that. We are asked if we choose to make Jesus our Savior. Then, after we have agreed that we are sufficiently convinced in our minds and hearts that Jesus is the Son of God, the next step is usually to be filtered into one of the church groups in the area.
This seems to be the state which we find modern-day religion. The rest of our lives we trod along attempting to fulfill the moral and socially accepted norms and hope within that this will somehow magically take care of our eternal future.
But perhaps we are witnessing another one of the Devil´s own masterpiece deceptions as he perfects his skills over the centuries.
Jesus spoke quite clearly about the choices we needed to make. Honest examination of the scriptures and our hearts should provide all the needed proof as to whether or not we have been paying attention to His instruction. Not only did Jesus speak often and very directly towards this subject, but He lived in His earthly life a perfect example of how and what to do.
It would be pointless for us to attempt to dissuade or persuade anyone out of their preciously cultivated views, for it is towards Jesus that we should all be looking and not to one another. So let each man or woman take up their case before the scriptures and directly with the Lord.
What we can do though is examine that choice which Jesus spoke of and exhibited throughout His life on earth. When Jesus asks us to believe on or in Him, He was asking us to turn our attention off of ourselves. He reflected this by always looking at the Father. Never did Jesus accept worldly or common view of anything. Rather Jesus looked at everything as if seeing it through the eyes of God in Heaven.
This means that when He saw jars of water, they were not just that. Jesus knew that God was bigger than our earthly reality and it took no effort on His part to adjust that reality to the will of the Father. When Jesus was looking on High He could see that water could be wine and sick people could be perfectly healed. The choice was not one of mental effort but belief in the power and actual existence of God.
You may say that it was easy for Jesus to look at things in this way but that for us it is impossible as we have never crossed that gap and stood by the Father´s side in the heavenly realms. But this is where our choice lies. Jesus accomplished great wonders and lived His entire life bowed and directed this intently upon the Father. He did this also by choice. He had every opportunity to look as we do at the world around us. But even though tempted, Jesus chose to put God before even His own desires or the pressures and callings of the world.
We too can choose to heed the Lord´s voice when He calls us to Himself in this way. Jesus says, believe in Me. To believe in Jesus means to accept that whatever He did and whatever He says and that it takes on more importance that the insistent world around us. The world does not want you to forget it in this way and to make Jesus more important. It will throw at us all the tactics and weapons at its´ disposal.
Jesus never called us to the world, not to it´s views, values or morals. The world we live in can be a very appealing prize. The comforts and pleasures we find here can and will take that seat of high importance within your heart. But Jesus asks us to make the choice of whom and what has the right to sit there.
Let us keep is crystal clear, that Jesus never called us to try to go around being good people. Jesus called us to Him. He asks us to make Him the center, the reason and the goal. Once we begin to understand this and to seek to actuate this in our own lives, then we begin to make the right choice.
So for the serious-minded Christian or hopeful follower of Jesus Christ, let us guard ourselves against the world today. Look not at each other, nor the popular or loud persuasions of current trend. Let us turn from ourselves and our ways, and make Jesus our goal. By doing this we make the choice He asks us to make and we will happily spend our days seeking and finding Him.
What do you think? Would you like to make that kind of choice today?
For His glory,