October 3rd, 2011 | By admin
I Had No Choice
How many times have we heard that statement? How many times have we said, “I had no choice?” We always have a choice! The only question to be answered is: Are we willing to accept personal responsibility for the choices we make no matter what? It is those mind-numbing, life changing consequences of our choices that are sometimes almost impossible for us to face and bear!
When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in Eden, He gave them freedom of choice. Since that time the human race has been confronted with making choices between right and wrong, and discerning between good and evil. God gave us that freedom out of love for us because that is who He is. Everything God does originates from His love. “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (I John 4:9)
We make choices every day God gives us. Some of the choices we made when we were younger are affecting our lives to this day! Some of the choices we are presently making will impact us until our lives end.
We make the choice to graduate from high school or college. We make the choice to struggle through those years of high school and college, or we make the choice to drop out of high school or college and struggle, in many instances, for the rest of our lives. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7:8; “The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
We make the choice to move to another area, state, or country or stay where we were brought up from childhood. That choice alone will many times dictate our employment opportunities and possibilities of advancement. That choice many times also dictates whether we will move from that location or if we end up living and working there until retirement.
We make the choice to marry or to stay single. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained by God. After God created Eve, Genesis 2:23-24 says; “And Adam said, `This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” Our choice of a lifelong mate will most definitely affect our future in a way we cannot begin to appreciably comprehend at the time of the marriage!
We make the choice to have children or not to have children. Psalm 127:3-4 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.” Children who are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord are a blessing indeed to their parents. Children left to rear and guide themselves will ultimately bring shame and disgrace to their parents.
We make the choice to earn money through a job/career, or to live off the government, or live from another’s financial means, or go into a life of crime or unlawful activity. From the beginning, God’s expectation has been for us to w-o-r-k for a living! Genesis 2:15 says, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.” God’s expectation for us to work is further emphasized in II Thessalonians 3:10; “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”
We make the choice to be health conscious or not to be conscientious about our physical and dental health. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Paul reminds us in I Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” As one good sister stated, “God wants a temple, not a rundown shack!”
We make the choice to follow God or Satan. Sin is the debt we owe; God has given us two choices in making payment. We can all understand debt, especially in the current economic atmosphere! What we must understand about our sin debt is that it will be paid! Our first choice is to accept the payment Jesus Christ made when He died on Calvary. We accept this payment for our sin debt when we obey the gospel.
Our other choice, if we reject the Lord’s sacrificial payment, is to pay for our own sins in hell forever! These are our only two choices because God cannot and will not allow sin to go unpunished or dwell in His presence! Acts 17:30 Paul said, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” Our choice to obey and serve God will permeate and direct every other choice we make if we expect to live with Him.