2019-09-24 - Truth and Consequences
We who live in America are wonderfully spoiled with choices. One reason that so many people want to come here, is our free market system that results in so many wonderful choices and encourages creativity and improvements that help us all! If we have heart disease, we have treatment options of medicines and heart procedures, some of which come from the space program. If one medicine causes side effects, we are very blessed, in that we can try another one. Some people have very limited choices. But for most reading this, our choices are not limited. For most of us, instead of worrying whether we will have food for a meal (#helpthehungry!), we just have to worry exactly what that food will be: Will we choose a big meal or a small one? Low-fat or high-fat? Vegetarian or carnivorous? Heart-healthy or s splurge? When we go to buy anything in a store, we have a multitude of choices in everything from bread (my own “Achilles’ heel”) to cereal, milks (soy or regular), soft drinks, shampoo and on and on. For now, at least, we can choose what kind of car we want to buy.
One of our (legal) refugee friends was amazed to come here and see so many choices in the supermarkets. He had never seen such things! He would just stand there, staring at the wonderful number of items. He said that he could never have imagined it, in his nationalized homeland where there were severe limits, shortages, crumbling infrastructures and religious persecution. Here, he could worship as He believed, and had so many churches to choose from, too. with no fear of the services being shut down due to lack of approval of the government (this happens regularly)! We are so blessed! 1
We also make many personal choices on a daily basis - some being inconsequential, while others can affect our and others’ well-being. We choose which route to take to work, whether to eat at work or go off-site, whether to obey the speed limit and thus drive more safely and avoid tickets, whether to read or watch television at night - or both. The most important choices that we make include whether and whom we will marry. We are so blessed to be able to do that, for; in some cultures, parents decide whom their offspring marry, and love is not even a factor. The most important choice of all is whether we will accept Christ as our Savior, ensuring that we spend all of eternity in the presence of God. We all have that luxury of choice.
As recorded in John 3:16 (NASB), “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
But the TRUTH is that one thing about which we do NOT have a choice, is about what is real and what isn’t, when it comes to religious belief systems. The consequences are eternal. If we do want eternal life with God, there is only one choice. As Christ said, and was recorded in John 14:6,
(MSG) Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me.
If you haven’t already made that decision to accept Christ, I hope that you will do that today. If you need any assistance with this process, feel free to ask any of your CF Devotionals writers.
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