Choices

Every day, we face choices – sometimes life-changing choices.

From a Christian viewpoint, the biggest choice is what we do about God.  But sometimes we Christians make a mistake, thinking that our choices end when we make our initial decision to believe in Jesus.

We can still decide to put God in the closet when it isn’t convenient to follow Him.

That is especially true in Western nations like Canada.  We live an easy life compared to most places in the world. Often, we don’t want to disturb our easy lives by standing up for what we believe – or speaking out – if it will mean trouble.

Or, we simply blend into the general lifestyle around us and mentally refuse to question it.

But, it is not like that for Christians living in states which are hostile to Christ.  A Christian convert in some nations stands a good chance of being cast out of his or her family and perhaps even put to death.

When I see that kind of courage, I am humbled.

Joshua faced that kind of decision when he and Caleb took part in a spying mission in Canaan to see what was there before the children of Israel were to march in and take over the land.

He and Caleb could go along with the majority who said how impossible it was to conquer the land promised them by God.  But they went against the majority and said they could win.  They believed God’s promise  (Numbers 13-14).

At the end of his life, Joshua recognized the tendancy of many Israelites to abandon God when life’s pleasures and problems pressed in on them.  These are the pressures that we face every day – the pressures that discourage us or draw us away from God.

Joshua laid out the choice before the people in a celebrated statement:

“But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve.
Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will
it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”

It is a choice I face – and you face – every day.  Whom will we serve?

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