The Journey Continues: Making Choices Part Two
Remember on the journey last week I highlighted Joshua’s call to “choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”? I made the case that in life we are “creatures of choice, not chance.” Today I share what Jesus said about choice.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
In the following chapter of Matthew, he illustrated with this parable:
“Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock. And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand; and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27
While pastoring a mission church on Ranch Road 12 years ago, Earnest Gonzales offered me some interesting insights to the house that the foolish man built; explaining that when the rains started, at first the water only reached the top of his shoes; following more rain, it reached his knees, but he still chose to stay; then reaching his waist and finally over his head, leading to his demise. We make choices leading to sin that we later wish we could change. The Good News is that we Can Change.
“That if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:19
The Director of The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was questioned: “You make life and death decisions concerning astronauts on space missions, what is your experience in making such important choices?” Without batting an eye, he replied, “The best time to make a decision about choice is before you have to.” Don’t wait for the storm and the rain to start in your life to make the right choice. Look down at your shoes, do they have scuff marks from rocks; or are they full of sand? What choice have you made?