The Thought for the Week this week is written by Paul Sharkey

by Susie Jean Sharkey


 

“Choose this day whom you will serve!” (Joshua 24:14,15)

Choices

    We make choices every hour of every day of our lives. Some choices are of relatively little importance, although they have their moment of glory, for example,  if we’re choosing an item from a lunch menu, or choosing a new outfit in a shop, etc., it will be important for the moment, but in the big scheme of things these choices are of minimal or little importance and may quickly be forgotten.

    Some choices are vastly more important: our education, our careers, relationships and marriage, where to live, etc. These choices affect the direction and the content of our lives and we take these a lot more seriously, or we should do.

    However, when we discover that there is an ‘afterlife’ or an eternity, we encounter decisions that cast every other decision we have ever made into the shade. The bible teaches us, “Choose this day whom you will serve!” (Joshua 24:14,15) and, as we read the bible, we discover a loving, righteous, yet compassionate and forgiving God, who would put to rights within us - through faith in Jesus - the things that have gone wrong (sometimes very wrong), through the incoming of sin (known to Christians as the Fall of Man). But, we must make a conscious choice to follow God - we must choose His will for our lives, or we can choose not to follow God and in doing that, choose our own way instead - keeping our sin and ignoring the invitation that is given to us from God. It’s not just a doctrine. Plenty of evidence exists or lives changed by choosing to follow God.

    God has given us ‘free will’, which turns out to be the most wonderful as well as the most awful gift. We can literally choose our eternity. We’ve never faced a choice like it.

Over to you. Your choice.