By Arch Hoercher
Choices! We make choices every day of our lives. Some of these choices are insignificant and others are very significant and some are of little importance and others are of great importance. There are choices that we make which affect other people, not just us individually.
Every choice that is made carries with it a consequence. These consequences could be unimportant and insignificant. Others could be of life changing importance and could affect us for the rest of our lives. Not only can these consequences affect us individually, but some could affect other people around us, including those we love the most.
Many times when we make a choice, that one choice can lead into having to make additional choices with a consequence to each choice. For example, my alarm goes off in the morning. I hit the snooze. The alarm goes off again and again I hit the snooze. The alarm goes of for the 3rd time and again I hit the snooze. When the alarm goes off the 4th time I decide that I better get up. I realize that I now have to hurry to get ready for work. I decide not to shave because that takes some time. I rush out the door without grabbing anything for breakfast. I do not want to be late for work so I push the accelerator down a little more than usual. A State Trooper notices that I have pushed the accelerator down a little too far. He pulls me over and gives me a ticket. I eventually get to work. Because of all the choices that I made going back to hitting the snooze button on my alarm clock; I am late for work, I look a little shabby, I have a $200 ticket and on top of it all I am hungry. What might be considered as little choices can escalate into greater consequences.
The point is that we make choices every day. Each choice that we make carries with it a consequence. We make good choices and we make not so good choices. But there is one choice that will be made which carries with it eternal consequences. The familiar scripture of John 3:16 describes that choice, (NIV) “For God so loved the world (every person who has ever existed or will ever exist) that He gave His one and only Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever (any one no matter their race or their sex or their religious back ground or educational accomplishments or economic status) BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” A choice is made, to either believe in Jesus Christ or not believe in Jesus Christ. Romans 10:10,13 (NIV) reads; “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Again, a choice is made. You must believe with your “heart”. “Heart” belief is much deeper than “head” belief. For example, I could be standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon. There is a rope bridge spanning the chasm. My “head” belief will admit there is a way across, but my faith and trust in the bridge might not allow me to take that first step. But if I believe in my heart that the bridge is sound and trustworthy, my faith will cause me to take that first step and my trust will take me all the way across. To really believe in Jesus Christ requires “heart” belief – faith and trust in Him to wholly give your life to.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV) – “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, only a few find it.” Again, a choice is given. The narrow gate and road or the broad gate and road. Few find the narrow gate because the narrow gate is Jesus Christ. That gate requires a commitment to Jesus Christ and obedience to His commands. The narrow gate requires that your heart and mind be ruled by Jesus Christ which leads to eternal life in His and God the Father’s presence. The wide and broad road is a much easier road and gate to pass through. The only person to commit to on this road is yourself… You can do whatever you want whenever you want on this road. You have no one to answer to. The only problem with this road is that it leads to destruction. Destruction in this case would be eternal separation from God and His attributes.
The most important choice a person can make during their lifetimes is either choosing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or choosing yourself and the world. The choice is yours and carries with it an eternal consequence. If you choose Jesus, you will spend eternity in His and God the Father’s presence (Heaven). If you reject Jesus Christ and choose yourself and the world or any other god, you will spend eternity in the absence of God and His attributes (Hell). Jesus said in John 14:6 (NIV), “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In other words, there is no other way to God and Heaven except through belief in Jesus Christ. It is your choice. You can spend eternity in the presence of Jesus Christ the Son of God and God the Father and their attributes which include love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. Or you can spend eternity in a place devoid of anything God. Where there is no love or joy or peace or kindness or goodness – ever.
So what choice do you have? I urge you to make the correct one. Eternity is a very long time.