Make your choice – Part 2
Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Joshua 24:14-15; John 3:16
Key Verse: Joshua 24:15, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord,” (NKJV).
God is so wonderful that He allowed us to make choices. Have you ever thought about this? God does not impose salvation on us; He does not impose deliverance on us or anything on anybody.
God simply looked at what the Devil had done and on account of the great love He has for you and for me and as the Bible says, not willing that anybody should perish, but that all should come to eternal life, He sent His son, Jesus to die for the sins of the world.
Joshua had successfully led the people of Israel across the Jordan River into the land of Canaan. Under his leadership, the people had possessed the Promised Land and were getting settled in the land of promise.
Joshua knowing his death was near, felt compelled to address the people. He was aware of the challenges they would encounter and the temptations they would face. He reminded them of the deliverance from Egypt and the faithfulness of God in their lives by giving them the Promised Land for which they did not labour, and the cities, which they did not build (Joshua 24:13).
Then Joshua challenged them by saying, choose you this day whom you will serve whether the gods your father served on the other side of the river, but remember that God called your father Abram out from the Ur of the Chaldeans, that is a city given to all forms of idol worship and idolatry of all types or do you want to worship the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. Joshua said, but as for him and his household, they will serve the Lord and all the blessings that God Has for us will be poured upon people who are serving God in spirit and in truth.
The golden text of the scripture says for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son to die for us (John 3:16). A hymn we sing says, “the love that Jesus Has for me to suffer on the cruel death tree, that I, a ransom soul might be, is more than tongue can tell.”
Jesus’s love is more than tongue can tell. It is the love that took me out of sin, and darkness, and broke the chains of the world system, Satan, demons, foul spirits, death and eternity in hell fire. It is the love that wrote my name in the lamb book of life and made me a child of God. I have chosen Jesus and I have chosen this love of God for my life and have passed it on to my children and children’s children and it will continue to pass on to my lineage because that is what it should be.
Today, I ask you, what is your choice? Make your choice. God has given you the opportunity to make choices. Choose wisely, choose with knowledge and understanding. I will advise you to choose with eternity in view because we shall all pass on from here to hereafter where we shall stand before God to give an account of how we had lived on earth. I persuade you to choose Jesus, today and please don’t choose death and curse, so that, it shall be well with your soul.
• Today’s Nugget: Don’t choose death and curse. Prayer: My family and I will serve the Lord. Prayerlines: 08054477940. E-mail: email@example.com. Rev. Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God Nigeria