The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 54

"………choose this day whom you will serve……." Joshua 24:15ff

There is not a single day in our lives when we can escape from having to make choices. Think about it! What shall I eat? What shall I wear? What shall I do? Which do I prefer? The list is endless. Our actions are governed by our choices, by allowing us 'to be persuaded'. Even though we do many things 'by force of habit', there is nevertheless the subtle working of a 'choice' somewhere within our psyche that determines our attitudes and our behaviour. When confronted with a choice, a decision has to be made one way or the other. To remain in a state of indecision is itself a choice and it can at times prove fatal!

As Christians we are confronted daily with choices: to obey or not to obey; to receive or to reject; to take up the challenge or to walk away; to put off or to attend to; to forgive or hold a grudge. And so the list goes on. Every one of these choices is ultimately rooted in our decision either to serve Almighty God or to serve the gods of our imaginations (idols). The proper foundation for all our choices is the choice to serve God. Godly living comes only out of this choice.

It is important to know that God does not violate the freedom He has given us to exercise our individual wills. It has been that way from the beginning. Adam and Eve were not prevented from sinning, but were given a choice between obedience and disobedience. So it is with us. We must serve because we choose to.

Sadly, many Christians are misinformed about this responsibility of making choices! They adopt an attitude that “God will change their situation”, leaving what needs to be done in their lives up to GOD! They are still waiting to hear what God’s will is for them! This erroneous thinking really mocks God who has given each of us a free will, by which we can shape our lives as we live in obedience to HIM. Exercising this will involves taking responsibility for our own lives and attitudes. As we do this, God then gives us the strength to overcome and to achieve! We take action in the natural, and HE supplies the help supernaturally! But let’s not deceive ourselves - His help comes out of right relationship with Him!

Therefore, giving your life to Christ doesn't mean you will no longer have to contend with choices! Perhaps your struggle right now is because God is calling you to make a choice about something and that choice involves doing it God's way! Not sure how to know His way? Read His Word!

You cannot love God more than you love His word. Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments".

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