Tuesday, September 1, 2020
The Choice Before Us
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2 nkjv).
I don’t always finish what I begin. Awhile ago I started cleaning my office at home, but I didn’t quite finish it. It was absolutely transformed, but a few little piles remained. It wasn’t long before I noticed those little piles were starting to grow again. I had cleaned my office the wrong way. I needed to completely clean it. I didn’t finish what I began.
The apostle Paul, describing what conversion looks like, said that we turn “from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God” (Acts 26:18 nkjv). Yet some people go part of the way, sort of like how I cleaned my office. They say, “I’ll follow Jesus, but there are a few little piles I’m keeping to myself.” Those little piles turn into big piles, and soon they discover they haven’t changed as much as they should have.
What God said to the Israelites is in principle true for us well: “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before” (Deuteronomy 11:26–28 nlt).
We have that choice before us every day. We can choose the blessing by choosing to follow God, or we can choose the curse by not following Him.
Maybe you’re at a point in your life where things aren’t making sense. There seem to be a lot of loose ends, a lot of unanswered questions. God always has a plan. He has a beginning, a middle, and an end. And He always finishes what He begins.
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