Choices
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Living life means making choices.  Our choices determine the path we follow and the end at which we arrive.  As we move forward through our life, the consequences of our choices unfold:  "Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7 NAS).  Finally, at the judgement seat of God, we account for every idle word (Matthew 12:36) and are recompensed for every deed done in the body (II Corinthians 5:10; see also Romans 14:10b-12).

God holds us accountable for our choices because, while our choices are ours, our life is His.  We belong to the one who created us, and not to ourselves.  We were created for His purposes and His pleasure, not for our own.  Therefore we answer to Him concerning what we choose.

God= s Word reveals there are two basic choices we can make: God or self.  Choices for God are the way of life.  Choices for self are the way of death.  God has laid out these two paths and their consequences in His Word.  Choice is not an option; nor are the consequences and judgements that follow our choices.  We choose.  Then God works to fulfill the promised consequences of either obedience or disobedience, of right or wrong choices.

The path of wrong choices is well described in Ephesians 4:17-19 (NAS) as the path taken by the Gentiles who do not know God:

...Walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

This path is marked by unbelief, disobedience, self-will, and self-gratification. But the path of right choices is the path of faith and trust:

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.  Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it.  And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgement as the noonday (Psalm 37:3-6 NAS).

This path is marked by choices based on submission to God and on willingness to believe that God knows best how to direct our lives.  Having made a right choice, we can then anticipate the power of God backing us up in the choice, enabling us to walk it out, until we see the salvation of God.

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