Today I want to talk about how we go about making choices in our life – most especially life-altering choices.
- If you saw someone about to do something that most likely would not end well, what would you do? Why?
- Have you ever warned someone, and they failed to heed your warning? How did that make you feel?
- Have you ever warned someone repeatedly and they still failed to heed your warning?
- Have you ever been warned by someone not to do something? Did you appreciate the warning or simply slough it off?
- Have you ever been warned more than once not to do something, and you chose to go ahead and do what you wanted to do? How did that work out for you?
- Have you ever tried to show someone a better way to do something? Why?
- Has anyone ever tried to show a better way to do something? How did you feel about it?
- Would you say you have a stubborn streak? Do you consider yourself a rebel? Do you like to make trouble for yourself or others? Are you now or have you ever been proud of that?
Turn with me if you will to Ezekiel, chapter 2. (read Ezekiel2:1-3:21)
Now turn with me to the 33 chapter of Ezekiel. (read verses 1-20)
Now turn with me to the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 16. (read verses 19-31)
Every day we have a fresh opportunity to make a choice about how we are going to live…
- What our attitude will be
- How we will interact with others
Some of our choices will be minor decisions;
- What will I wear
- What will I eat
- What will I watch on TV; listen to on the radio, etc.
Some of our choices might be more difficult and harder to make;
- Will I keep my cool?
- Will I hold my tongue and my temper?
- Will I choose to be honest?
Some of our choices can and will result in how we live the rest of our life; though we may not realize it at the time.
Proverbs 9:10-11 declares that…
“Fear of the LORD is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.”
Every day we have the opportunity to make changes to transform our way of thinking, being, and doing. Question is, are we willing to make the effort to alter our life-course in a way that brings us true peace and serenity; that brings us into harmony with God’s desire for our life; and brings true meaning, value, and purpose to our life as a whole? Do we honestly desire to live a spiritually rich and abundant life of honesty, integrity, and a good moral conscience?
In the Apostle Paul’s personal letter to his protégé, Titus, he encourages both Titus and us with this declaration;
“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
Titus 2:11-14 (NLT)
Such a life can be difficult to live; it won’t be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!