As we continue to look at choices, we ask, “Do we do any better than those of Old Testament times?” We marvel at their corrupt way of thinking and the extremely unwise and destructive decisions that they made. But what about our day? Are we any better at making decisions? Do we always choose the right path? Would we have done any better or are we just about like those of old? What kind of choices are we called upon to make?
God or mammon? (Matt. 6:24). The strait gate or the wide gate? The broad way or the narrow way? Destruction or life? (Matt. 7:13-14). Believe every spirit or try the spirits? (I John 4:1). Love the world or love God? (I John 2:15). Only say, Lord, Lord, or do the will of the Father? (Matt. 7:21) Obey the gospel or obey not the gospel? (I Pet. 4:17). Preach the Word or bring in damnable heresies? (II Tim. 4:2; II Pet. 2:1). Repent or perish? (Luke 13:3). Confess Christ before men or deny Him? (Matt. 10:32-33). Hear “well done, thou good and faithful servant” or hear “cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness” (Matt. 25:21, 30). Be faithful unto death or become again entangled in the pollutions of the world? (Rev. 2:10; II Pet. 2:20). Join the denominational church of your choice or obey the gospel and let the Lord add you to His church? (Acts 2:47). Walk in the light or walk in darkness? (I John 1:6-7). Obey and live by the one Gospel or pervert the gospel and receive the curse of God? (Gal. 1:6-10; Rom. 1:16). Understand the word of God or be unwise? (Eph. 5:17). Love one another and demonstrate that we are Christ's disciple or hate our brother and demonstrate that we are still in darkness? (John 13:35; I John 2:9). Do the works of the flesh or bear the fruit of the Spirit? (Gal. 5:19-23). Grow weary in well doing or be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord? (Gal. 6:9; I Cor. 15:58). Be a servant of sin unto death or obedience unto life? Be a servant of sin or servants of righteousness? (Rom. 6:16-18). Please God or man? (Gal. 1:10). Everlasting punishment or life eternal? (Matt. 25:46).
We could go on, but space forbids it. Have you made wise decisions or bad decisions relative to these things mentioned? Be honest with yourself and with God. Paul exhorts us to. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (II Cor. 13:5). Rest assured, you MUST choose, and it is imperative that you choose the right. Disinterest or refusal to choose IS a choice in the wrong direction. May God help each of us in our quest to do right and serve Him acceptably!
Paul M. Wilmoth