You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. – John 15:16 (NLT)
***Take the time to read this, it just might save lives (including yours.)*** Last week during backed up traffic due to an oil spill, God used that event to symbolize how it can relate to the choices we make in life. Imagine a fork in the road. Our choices are our routes and those choices will lead us to a particular destination. We only have two options: we can either go one way or the other. And because of the awesome God we serve He will allow road blocks to come across our path to get our attention and many times to keep us from making the wrong choice. But the sad thing is, many of us don’t have a “light-bulb” moment when incidents like this happen. Once the road block is removed and God’s grace and mercy we confuse as “luck” or “making it in just the nick of time” spare us of our demise, we continue to go about our daily lives in the same manner.
We’re living in a season now-a-days where we have to make a choice. There’s no more time for straddling the fence, tip-toeing around making certain decisions or just not making any period. Whether we like it or not we will have to choose. And no the choices aren’t as easy as what to wear or what to cook for dinner, the choices we need to make are a matter of life and death.
Unfortunately, many of us are choosing death. We walk around carefree as if our decisions won’t cost us anything. Every choice we make is pushing us further down a direction at that fork in the road. And many of our choices are leading us more to the left, the wide and worn down path. Only a few of us are actually choosing to go down the path that is more to the right, the narrow road that doesn’t look as worn down and easy to travel. (Matthew 7:13) But the thing about the right path, it’s a smooth, less worn and dark road that will need illumination and guidance in order to travel while the left path looks more attractive, fun and easier and there are even some people we know (our friends, co-workers and family) going that route that can lead the way. But that path leads to death. Taking the right path will lead to life but would require more guidance, faith and endurance and although it won’t be easy there’s nothing impossible with God. (Mark 10:27)
So what path do you choose? Seems like a no-brainer right? So why aren’t people choosing the path that leads to life?
It’s because the enemy has fooled many of us in this age. We think that we can have our cake and eat it too. We think that since God sent His only begotten Son to die for us that we’re protected. (John 3:16) We think that if we continue to lie down in bed with someone other than our spouse that God will continue to cover us from an unwanted pregnancy or contracting HIV or other STDs. We think that if we continue to pump drugs into our bodies that one day it won’t take us out. We think that just because we can marry the same sex that we will still make it to heaven, because God loves us right? He created us to love and live as we please right? Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news (not really) but God is waiting on us to make a choice. He’s waiting on us to choose Him instead of our own fleshly desires. He’s waiting for us to say no to ourselves in order to please and glorify Him. He’s waiting for us to say yes to His will. But since we’re so fooled, we think that we can straddle the fence and still win. We think that because we go to church on Sundays that we can still go home to our mess Monday through Saturday and expect God to cover us. It’s only by HIS grace and mercy that we’re still here. If the enemy would have had his way, our choices would have taken us out a long time ago. But because God loves us and placed a purpose on the inside of us, He spared us. But that time will soon run short and there won’t be a chance left.
The only chance we have is now. Tomorrow isn’t promised. (Proverbs 27:1) I’m not writing this post because I’m perfect, I’m writing it because I’m imperfect just like you. I fall short daily just like you. But unlike some of you, I choose to walk uprightly daily, and unlike some of you, WHEN I fall short I choose to repent and go in the opposite direction DAILY! So no I’m not perfect by any means but that’s not what’s important, that isn’t what separates us. What separates us is the paths we take. What separates us is that I know what path I should take and I’m taking that path. Some of you know which path to take and continue to neglect it. You make choices despite knowing the consequences. You continue to wallow in your mess and think because you choose to glorify God with SOME of you that He will accept ALL of you. You can’t give God half of your heart and expect to receive the full promise. (Matthew 7:22-23)
Who fooled you? Who told you that you can live by half of the Word and take out the parts that you don’t like. Who told you to only live by the New Testament and disregard the Old one? Who told you that you could live for satan and Jesus at the same time? Who lied to you? It’s time to wake up and get a taste of reality because it’s coming whether you like it or not. The choices you make will lead you to a certain path. And once you make your bed you must lie in it. It’s time to stop falling for the “okie doke” and realize that you have a choice in the matter. A route won’t just fall into your lap, you must choose one. You may not have chosen the life that God gave you but you do have power over how you choose to live it. You can’t expect to take excuses to God for why you couldn’t live for Him. You can’t expect your past to excuse the way you choose to live your life today. You can’t expect for God to let you slide by on judgment day when He has sent you road block after road block to get your attention. He’s sending you one now, will you listen to it?
The day of straddling the fence is over. If you’re not glorifying God with your life and the choices you make who’s blessing you? If you’re not worshiping and serving God with your life then who are you serving? It’s His grace and mercy that keeps you but God doesn’t bless mess. The enemy has people fooled into believing that they can worship him 6 days a week and expect God to receive them on Sunday. The enemy needs to build his kingdom too, so if you’re not living to glorify God then you’re living to glorify the enemy. If I’ve offended you with this post then I’ve done my job. It’s time out for sugar-coating, warming up bottles and handing out milk. (1 Corinthians 3:2) There’s no time for beating around the bush when lives are at stake. It’s a matter of life and death. God is handing out steak to all who desire to wake up and digest reality. It’s time to get off the bottle. Are you ready?
Peace and love.
2 Timothy 3