There are nations around the world who enjoy a high degree of freedom of choice. Freedom of choice is a privilege. It is what we do with our choices that shape our lives. Life is full of choices. Some are minor, and some are major. We choose what we eat on a daily basis, what clothes we wear, and how we style our hair. Major choices, like where we live and whom we marry, have a greater impact on our lives. Our choices shape us and can have life-lasting effects. Sometimes we make choices without considering the consequences. That’s where we can get into trouble.
The ability to choose has been around since the dawn of man. In the Bible, Adam and Eve chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil even though God said not to eat the appealing fruit. This choice had dire consequences.
Joseph, the stepfather of Jesus, received news that his fiancée, Mary, was pregnant. He had to make a major decision as to whether or not he should marry her. The angel of God gave Joseph some options and helped him decide what to do. The angel announced that Joseph should wed Mary and that things would work out okay. This was a wise move for Joseph to make.
We need to choose wisely because some of our choices are a matter of life or death. I had a friend who did volunteer work as a crisis line counselor. One evening, she received a call from a woman who was contemplating suicide. The caller was unhappy with her life and she wanted to end it all. My friend was able to talk with the distressed caller and persuade her not to kill herself. My poem, Choices, talks about a life or death decision.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, for whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.” This was the only way God could save mankind from certain death. God wanted to send the very best, so he sent Jesus to us. Jesus accepted his assignment. He died on the cross and arose on the third day.
We need to make a decision—whether or not to follow Jesus. First John 5:12 reads, “He who has the son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life.” We need to choose before it’s too late.
C.S. Lewis sums it up: “When the Author walks on the stage, the play is over. God is going to invade all right; but what is the good of saying you are on His side, when you see the natural universe melting away like a dream and something else comes crashing in? … This time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature. … That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we have chosen. Today is our chance to choose the right side.” (Mere Christianity) Page 65.
God looked at the world,
His eyes welled with tears.
What will I do with you?
God looked at His Son.
Their eyes met knowingly.
Not a word was spoken.
There was no other choice.
God so loved the world,
He gave His only Son.
Accepting the Son is life;
Rejecting the Son is death.
Which do you choose?