Choices and Decisions

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By Russell A. Primrose 9/11/2013


Choices and Decisions ( by anonymous)

Ready or not, someday it will all come to an end.
There will be no more surprises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected whether treasure or baubles, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you are owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations, and jealousies will finally disappear.
So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans, and all to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away. It won’t matter where you come from, or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.
It won’t matter whether you were beautiful and brilliant, even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.
So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?
What will matter is not what you bought, but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave. You can not take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.
What will matter is not your success, but your significance.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence, but your character
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many people will feel a lasting loss when you are gone.
What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
What will matter is what you decide to do about your relationship with God.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.

It’s not a matter of circumstances but of choice.
So we have some choices and decisions to make!!'

Contents

Introduction

There are many times in our life when we are required to make important decisions out of the choices we are given. These decisions will often have far-reaching effects upon the life we live. There are some biblical examples that might guide us.

Deciding Our Relationship With God

God is a holy God. Sin cannot come into his presence. How then can any of us expect to fellowship Ro forever with God in heaven. Even the most righteous are still unclean before Him.

Ro 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Every one of us has sinned. Every one of us has fallen short of the glory of God. Only Christ lived a pure, sin-free life. Every one of the rest of us has sin in our doorstep.

Ro 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Yet, even while we were sinners, even before we were yet born, God sent Christ down to die in our place for our sins.

Ro 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—

It only took one man to bring sin into the world, and with this in he brought death to all of us.

Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wages are something that you earn, You have them coming because of what you’ve done. We all have death allotted to us because all of us have sinned. Yet notice that God has granted us a tremendous gift if we only believe and accept the Christ died for our sins, even before we were born

Ro 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."
12 ¶ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.
13 For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

God, like any good lawyer should, has provided us with a virtual contract. It is up to us to decide if we are going to of veil ourselves of this tremendous gift that he extends to us. We have a choice. We must make a decision as to what we are going to do.

Choosing a God for Our Nation.

On the occasion of their entering into the Promised Land, Joshua stood before the people and asked them to make a decision. He concluded by saying “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”. The people had been asked to decide that the Lord would be their God. (Josh. 24:15)

In a similar fashion Elijah stood before the people of Israel on Mount Caramel (I Kings 18:21) and challenged that if Baal be God they should serve him, but if the Lord be God they should serve the Lord. He advised that the God that answered by fire should be given preference.

Obedience.

The decision to be obedient is an important one. Elijah chose to be obedient by staying at the brook Kireth, (place of failure) even after it had dried up, until he was directed to leave. He made the decision to be obedient to God. Saul had been directed to wait for Samuel to make a sacrifice on his behalf and to reveal to him God’s advice on the upcoming battle. In the face of his generals deserting him and his sense of urgency he chose to disobey and it cost him and his family the kingdom of Israel. (1 Sam. 13:13-14)

Praise.

I can remember standing by the carcass of one of our three milk cows and the best producer at that. I remember challenging God as to how in the world I could be thankful for this action. The cow was very dead, and we had relied upon its milk supply. What could I find here to be thankful for. Then I remembered that the Scripture says not “for all things give thanks” but “in all things give thanks”. At that point it becomes a decision for me to make. What could I find to be thankful for? Well, I could be thankful that we still had two milk producers left, I could be thankful for a loving family that would close ranks and overcome the situation some way. I could be thankful for a loving God who is still very much in charge of my life and would work things out according to His glory.

Life development vector.

We are often asked to take certain actions that result from deliberate decisions on our part. In 2Pe. 1:5-7 Peter admonishes us to make a deliberate decision to add to our faith goodness, to our goodness knowledge, to our knowledge temperance, to our temperance perseverance and so on. These steps are not automatically done to us or for us but must result from a deliberate decision on our part to move our life in that direction. Decisions as they direct our next actions are important

Joy.

James, in his book, starts off in verse 2 with the directive for us to count it joy to have trials. I have had a major trial and a calamity in my life with the sudden death of my wife, and find myself wondering how I can count this as joy. Then I note that James is not calling for us to rejoice in the calamity, but have joy in the opportunity. He, like Peter, wants us to work our way toward perseverance by the testing of our faith. This is a very difficult challenge, and a very tough decision to make. James further admonishes us that if we are at any time having trouble with the process that we can ask God for wisdom and understanding to make the correct decision. This infusion of wisdom or understanding is not to make me smarter, but to give me the guidance to make correct decisions. I could count it joy that my faith was being tested and refined in order to lift me closer to a state of perseverance. I could count it joy that I now had the opportunity of sharing with others as needed the tremendous testimony of such a beautiful woman that had now passed from my life. May God give me the wisdom and understanding to share this testimony effectively, and to allow my perseverance to be developed in the process.

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