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Monday, April 10, 2017

Choose Life!

In his final words to the Israelites, Moses placed a choice before them. They could choose life or they could choose death (Deuteronomy 30:19). In choosing life, they would be choosing to love God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep the commands and laws He had given to them. Choosing this way of living would mean prosperity. On the other hand, in choosing death, they would be choosing not to be obedient to God and put other gods before Him. Choosing this way of life would mean destruction. The choice was theirs (Deuteronomy 30:15-18).

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve also had a choice. This choice was also a choice between life and death, a choice between obedience and disobedience. Choosing obedience would mean that they would continue to have eternal life in God's presence. But, Adam and Eve chose disobedience and the result was that sin entered the world bringing death along with it (Genesis 2:17). From that moment on, mankind lived under the curse of sin and death. But, just as Moses wanted the Israelites to choose life, God also wants all of us to choose life. God loves us so much and that is why He gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and once again give us the ability to choose life (John 3:16).

Through God's grace and Jesus' death and resurrection, we have a choice. Jesus conquered sin and death. By choosing to believe that Jesus died for us, by turning from our sins and accepting Him as Lord and Savior, we choose life. But, by choosing not to believe, by choosing not to turn from our sins, and by rejecting Him, we choose death. Now, it is true that, until the day that Jesus returns, we all still face a natural death. But, our souls will continue to live eternally. In choosing Jesus, we choose to spend that eternity in heaven but, if we reject Him, we will spend that eternity in hell.

Jesus spoke of our choice in terms of two different gates which lead to two different roads. One gate is wide and it leads to a wide road that many are able to travel on. It's the easy road, but it leads to destruction. The other gate is narrow and it leads to a narrow road that few are able to travel on. It's the harder road to travel, but it leads to life. Just as Moses told the Israelites to choose life, so Jesus tells us to enter through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13-14). Although the road may be harder to follow, it leads to eternity with Jesus.

We have a choice set before us. We can choose life - eternity with Jesus, or we can choose death - eternity without Him. Choose life!

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