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“Choose this day whom you will serve” Joshua 24:15

“It’s all about choices,” the speaker said at the Christian Life Conference. “Everything in your life revolves around choices, whether positive or negative; guiding you toward your life in Christ or steering you away. God has given us the road map, even the instructions on how to choose what is best. However, I am sure that like me, many in this room will admit to making less-than-the-best choices from time to time.”

His message was compelling and challenging that afternoon. The type of speech that brings more than one response from listeners—resistance, encouragement, frustration, conviction, and resolve to change.

Afterwards, sitting at one of the group discussion tables, Daniel, the speaker, joined in the animated group, hoping to steer everyone to increased faith in Christ.

“I’m not sure I agree with your premise, Daniel,” Carl said. “I can think of lots of times in my life when I either didn’t know what choice to make or flatly decided not to choose. So I see that as a good example of a flaw in your premise.”

“You are describing an excellent example of making a choice!”

“What do you mean? I just described NOT making a choice which seems to crack or, perhaps, shatter your idea.”

“I understand your thought, Carl, but in your example, you did make a choice. Your choice was not to choose.”

Carl chuckled and said, “Oh, I see, you are straining a gnat here to prove your point.”

“Absolutely not,” Daniel said. “Say I am at the end of my lease in an apartment and I have to renegotiate my lease or agree to move by the first of the month. I am struggling because I’m unsure what to do and I am busy with my life. What happens on the first of the month if I did not make a decision?”

“Lots of things could happen. You could be charged more money, forced to move, or find out your apartment was leased to another person, thus forcing you to move.”

“Precisely, Carl. My decision to not choose was my choice. Not choosing, refusing to decide on a choice, brought actions. So you see, “no choice” is a choice. In our minds we often put off choosing because the issue is painful, uncertain, or scary. Our fears, which are the result of little faith in Christ and encouraged by the devil, lie to us and force us to make poor choices by not acting at all. And that, my friend, is a choice.”

“Bringing our choices into the real world of Spiritual life, as Christians know it, you can see how refusing to face our choices does not help us escape from the issue, it brings a fractured choice that has consequences just as if we stood up and said, “I choose to…” Hiding from choosing just allows the choice to be made for us (which Satan dearly loves), without our consent. Unfortunately, those choices happen all to often unless we realize what we are doing. God has never intended for us to run from choosing, instead He wants us to call upon Him to guide us in our choices, using His wisdom, via the Holy Spirit! We are not left to fend for ourselves in the battleground we call life.”

James 2:5 My dear brothers and sisters, listen! Hasn’t God chosen those who are poor by worldly standards to be rich in terms of faith? Hasn’t God chosen the poor as heirs of the kingdom he has promised to those who love him?

Deuteronomy 7:6 For you are a holy people, dedicated to the Lord your God. He has chosen you from all the people on the face of the whole earth to be his own chosen ones.

1 Corinthians 1:27 God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful.

Colossians 3:12 Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. Don’t worry about making a good impression on them, but be ready to suffer quietly and patiently.

1 Peter 1:2 Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become his children. And the Holy Spirit has been at work in your hearts, cleansing you with the blood of Jesus Christ and making you to please him. May God bless you richly and grant you increasing freedom from all anxiety and fear.

Romans 8:29-30 For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers. And having chosen us, he called us to come to him; and when we came, he declared us “not guilty,” filled us with Christ’s goodness, gave us right standing with himself, and promised us his glory.

Chosen to wrap everything up for the conference, Daniel stood quietly looking from side to side and front to back, hoping to find the best words to say as he listened intently to the Holy Spirit within.

“Choice may be the most important word in our lives,” he said. For example, the most important choice in my life was to follow Christ as my Lord and Savior. How was I able to make that life-changing choice? With the aid of the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised to give all believers the Holy Spirit. He will help us make difficult choices, if we invite Him to. To make the best choices, they must be filtered through the Holy Spirit.”

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