Making The Right Choices
By Angie Lewis
As we grow in the Lord and learn more about how scripture
affects our lifestyle, we make choices that work with our new
growth in Christ. Scripture has a way of molding us into who we
are or who we are not. Christians usually mature as they grow in
the Word. And as we mature so do our choices in life. Some of
these choices may be very subtle and we won’t even realize the
change, but other choices will be major and will make a total
transformation in our lives and the way we live – hopefully for
Subtle changes are ones that affect us personally rather than a whole group or family. It may be that we have slowly changed the kind of music we listen to, or changed the manner of how we dress, or changed the kind of programs we watch on television. When we take up our own cross to follow Christ some of our choices can be very difficult. If we have a family, it will affect them all – that means there may be dissention and confusion among members of that family. But we must persevere if we want to continue to mature and grow spiritually in the Lord and do His will. If we truly believe it is the will of God we must choose to follow Him.
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
Matthew could have asked Jesus why he wanted him to follow him but Matthew did not question Jesus. He knew in his heart it was the right thing to do. We shouldn’t stop following Christ because a family member doesn’t want us to. Sometimes we may have to leave behind those things that would hinder us in following Christ.
God allows us to make our own choices in this life. We can choose to follow Him and His wisdom-filled ways or we can choose to follow our own understanding of what we think is wisdom. Some of us will discover that our ways our not conducive to a faithful, righteous Christian lifestyle and continue to grow and mature in the Word, while others will still not be able to distinguish a lifestyle apart from their own.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.
These people chose to reject God and God allowed them to do it. And it is no different today. God is not going to stand over us with a paddle and tell us what we can or cannot do. God allows us to do whatever our heart desires and many make rebellious choices. When we inspect the condition of the world today we see no difference in the sexual morality of its people. Does life without God mean freedom? Are these people who are enslaved to their sexual lusts free? They were only free to make choices but once they made that choice there will be consequences. There is no worse choice than to be controlled by our sinful and lustful desires.
Because of this, god gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
The great news is we can choose to follow God’s choices for our life. We can put our trust and faith in God and let Him choose for us. It may be that we think His choices for us our not the right ones, but know that they are what is needed in our life at the time of that choice, because God loves us and He will always know what is best for us at all times and in all things. If we doubt God or we doubt His choices for us simply means we have already decided against Him. We’ve made our choice.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.