Sometimes in life, we make bad choices. Lately, I have been pulled into quite a few discussions about the choices that have been made. In one case, it was a marriage that was probably doomed from the start. In another case, it’s an upcoming marriage that shouldn’t be happening at all. But by far and away, I get pulled into more conversations about spending money than any other topic.
That’s how people get into debt – poor choices that wind up costing time and money – and in almost all cases, leaving the person worse off after the decision than before. Not only do these choices create problems for the person whose credit is affected, but usually the people around them also suffer. Nobody wins when people don’t think things through.
In fact, there are all sorts of outside influences that cause us to make the choices we have to live with. Whether it is a family member pushing an agenda or a co-worker issuing a challenge, we almost always find that when we let emotions drive the choices we make, we are rarely better off. But when we take the intellectual approach and temper it with our emotions, the outcomes are usually much better. The one area where this type of logic doesn’t work is when it comes to religion and belief systems.
The problem with an intellectual approach to Christ is that we are dealing with an issue of faith. That means that no matter how hard we try, there is no way to absolutely prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that Jesus Christ is God. My intellectual friends want proof positive that Jesus is God. But whenever we enter into discussions on the topic, including Scriptural references, there always comes a time when we get down to an issue of faith. Can you get past the point of having to prove everything and just believe – based on your faith and the demonstrations of miracles that you have personally witnessed? While most of us would emphatically agree that we have experienced miracles, others will tell you that there are no miracles – only luck or gut instinct. I don’t buy that approach – I have just seen too many evidences of God to doubt His existence.
The verse for this evening is all about how we should make decisions. Jesus tells us, in John 8:16, “But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.” In other words, Jesus was in alignment with God when He made choices. My encouragement this evening is that you can make great decisions as well if you consult God before you do what you want without consideration of His will. My prayer is that you have made, or will make, the most important decision that you will ever have to face. That is, do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Hopefully, the answer is affirmative and that you have the faith to profess your choice to all the world. After all, there is no worse decision you can make than a choice against believing. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…