194. The Sum of Choices

“Earlier this morning,” Stan began, “I was thinking about the contrast that existed between different people in the Bible and how they responded to what Jesus said to them.”

“Tell me what you were thinking,” I replied.

“When Jesus approached some of the early disciples, He said “Follow Me,” and they immediately left what they were doing and went with Him.”

“On the other hand,” Stan continued, “there is the story of the fellow who is called the rich young ruler.”

“I remember him,” I said.  “Rather than Jesus approaching him and telling the young man to follow Him, the man approached Jesus and asked Him a question about obtaining eternal life.”

“That’s right,” Stan replied.  “And when the young man did not like the answer Jesus gave him, he went away and is never heard from again.”

“This,” Stan continued, “shows a clear contrast between him and the early disciples who went on to be significant players in history.  The difference in the end results for those different people was the difference in the choices that were made.”

Continuing, Stan said, “Applying this to myself, I think it is fair to say that the sum of my life with God is the result of the choices I have made and continue to make on a daily basis.”

“Sounds about right,” I replied.

“Thus,” Stan continued, “it is absolutely essential for me to choose carefully when God shows me what it is He wants me to be and to do.”

“Once I made the choice to accept His free gift of being eternally with Him when my time here is done, He opened the door to lots of choices I am to make on this side of eternity before I get on the train.”

“And,” Stan concluded, “how I respond with the choices I make will have a profound impact on whether or not I will have taken advantage of what He has provided.”

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Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.  Philippians 2:12, 13.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, that you make it clear what you have for me to be and to do.  You know, and I know, how terribly often I have refused to abide by what you have made clear.  Please forgive me for all of those wrong choices.  Please, Lord, help me in making the choices you want me to make in following you without exception and without limitation.  Please lead and help me to follow to wherever you have for me to be. Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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