Mom and dad stand up straight for the picture. The small boy smiles for the camera. Mom’s hand lies across his shoulder; a hand that guides, protects, and loves. The boy is safe. He feels that love, and doesn’t have to make any choices; he’s a boy. He has no way of knowing the choices that lay ahead for him in the years to come. But they will be there. And those choices will lead him to a path that was not what his momma dreamed for him.
Big sister holds the arm of her little brother. Brother is unsteady; he may fall. Yet she will not always be able to keep him from falling. He will make choices one day. Those choices will lead him down a path that she wishes he didn’t have to go. Those choices harm him and the hearts of those that love him.
Choice is an important word. We all have choices. We all make them. The ones we make can be good, bad, and a lot of times life changing. So how do we filter all the information we have in order to make a good choice? I believe the only way to do that is to make them with a Christ centered life, and a heart like His. This requires making a beginning or early on choice, to follow him. I believe that until we make that one, life changing choice, the other choices in our lives will not be the right ones, they will steer us in the wrong direction, and they will harm us and others. The most important choice we can make is to hear the gospel message that Jesus is God’s son. He came to earth, and was hung on a cross for our sins. He took our sin upon himself. He was our substitution. He then rose from the grave three days later. He lives forever and we will too – if we make the choice, as he calls to us, to accept these truths, turn away from our sin, and follow him.
When we make the choice to follow Him as Lord – the Boss of our lives, there will still be choices. They never go away. But from then on we have a different filter in place to help us with our choices. Up until we make this choice to follow Christ, we made choices based upon our own selfish desires and how they would benefit us. Now we have the Holy Spirit to lead us in making good choices; the right choices.
Have you made the most important choice in life? Have you chosen Jesus? His desire is for you to live an abundant life in Him while you are on this earth, making choices that He leads you to make. Choose Jesus!