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April 9, 2015, 9:01 AM

The Choices We Make

There are choices that you and I make that dominate every other choice. Let me explain. 

If you decide to join the Army, for most of our history that has been a free choice. Once you have joined the Army and head off to boot camp your choices are now controlled. They tell you when to eat, what to eat, when to go to bed, when to go to the bathroom, where you going to live...you get the point. The initial choice was yours, but that initial choice dominates all your other choices. 

Several years ago country legend, George Jones, wrote a song called, Choices. He was talking about how his choices early in his life had influenced his life. One example was his choice to abuse alcohol. His choice to abuse alcohol controlled many other choices that he made. If you've ever struggled with alcohol you know how it is. That one bad choice leads to a lot of other bad choices. 

Serving God is a choice. Being a part of a church is a choice. God does not force himself on you, and the church doesn't either. (or shouldn't) You are free to choose to accept or reject God. But....when you choose God your choices are now dominated by His will...or should be. We really like to have it both ways. We want to choose God and all that he can do for us, but we don't want to submit to his will. 

In Galatians 2:20 Paul writes this, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Paul had a choice to whether he would serve God or not. But as a follower of Christ, he knew that he had given his life over to the lordship of Christ. He no longer called the shots...Christ did. His choices were directly influenced by God and his will. 

If you join the Army and think that you are going to call the shots you are going to have serious problems. It just doesn't work. There's a chain of command and you must follow it. There are no ifs ands or buts. 

There's a chain of command as a follower of Christ...He is God, you are not. It's really that simple. It's not easy, but it really is simple. 

I believe that serving God is the best choice you'll ever make. It really is Plan A...and there's really no Plan B. I know that many of you have tried Plans B, C, and/or D, and you've seen them fail miserably. I can tell you that my life has been incredibly blessed by serving God. I know that when I do things my way it just doesn't work out. 

No matter what I tell you about choosing God, it's still up to you. Just be warned. God takes over. He gets in your head and your heart and he rules. He doesn't like to share. He demands that your choices line up with his choices. He demands complete obedience. 

Choose God...but know what you are choosing. 

 

 


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