Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. – Ephesians 5:11 ESV
Life is a series of choices. Dr. Martin Luther King in his great sermon\speech on the Capitol said, “I have a dream that one day my four little children will live in a nation where they are NOT judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” To paraphrase the great man of God, civil rights leader, he was saying, “Judge people on choices that they made, not on things that they had no choice in”. God gave us freedom of will. God does NOT make us love Him, He does NOT force Himself upon us, He wants us to choose Life, choose Love, choose HIM and HIS SON, JESUS! I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days. (Deuteronomy 3:19-20a)
Leader, why does God NOT make us automaton’s, and force us to LOVE Him, by obeying Him and choosing life? Because, “A gift that is commanded is no gift at all”. Jesus himself said that – ultimately – there are only two ways to live: there are two paths; there are two gates; there are two destinations and there are two groups of people- this life is about choosing which way to go. The choices we make in this world, this TIME (Kairos), decide about the future and our eternal destination. Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble. (Proverbs 4:14-19)
Conduit, choices; LIGHT or DARK, WISE or WICKED, RIGHTEOUS or UNRIGHTEOUS, way of the WORLD or way of the WARRIOR-for-God, EASY or HARD, child of God or earth-dweller? “There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy”, See Matthew 7:13-14. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21). This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7) The TIME IS NOW to choose, who will you follow? Will you go the way of the World or the WAY OF THE SAVIOR? Are you about the Father’s business and His Kingdom, or are you marching for the world’s issues and ways? My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world. And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. (2 John 1:1-6) Amen and Ouch! Choose well today and let the LIGHT of Christ be your GUIDING LIGHT!