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The Most Important Choice We’ll Always Make

07 Sep

Wait, don’t you mean, “The most important choice we’ll ever make?”

Well, yes… and no.

I think we can all agree that choices are not created equal.  What career path to follow carries more weight than what color socks to wear (if you’re in to socks, that is!).

Healthy, mature individuals give more attention to the important choices.  But even healthy, mature individuals make this common mistake when it comes to important choices…

Choice vs. Choices

They think they only have to make that choice once!

In my experience, important choices are rarely “one and done.”  Important choices live in each moment… it’s the insignificant choices that are “one and done.”  Let me show you what I mean:

Insignificant choice: What color socks should I wear today?  Once decided, it’s done!  Socks are on and life goes on.  I don’t re-visit that decision in the course of a day (though others may question my choice!).

Significant choice: I choose to exercise and participate in a healthy lifestyle.  Once decided, it’s far from done.  In fact, that kind of decision is just the beginning.  These are the choices that live moment-by-moment.

For example, when the alarm goes off, do I choose sleep?  Or do I choose to get my ka-tookis out of bed and exercise?

When it’s time for lunch, do I choose to polish off the remaining donuts?  Or do I choose to eat something slightly more nutritious?

So, if important choices live in the moment, imagine how many decision points are in THE most important choice?  What is that, you ask?

The Most Important Choice

The people of ancient Israel were faced with the most important choice.  A grizzled old veteran named Joshua was drawing near the end of his days, and he wasn’t necessarily pleased with what he saw.  After God’s spectacular delivery of Israel from slavery and wandering, they were settling for less than God.  They began to be increasingly influenced by the culture around them more so than their relationship with the God who had delivered them.

Scripture relays Joshua’s concern:

But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD. (Josh 24:15 NLT)

This most important choice still stands today for those who would follow Christ.  Which will we choose: to be molded by our relationship to the world around us?  Or to be molded by our relationship with Christ?  It’s still a choice we must make.

But it’s more than a “one and done” choice.

The Most Important Choices

If you buy that the most important choices live in each moment, then deciding to follow Christ is no different.

  • When the world says you are what you earn, will we choose to find our value in Christ?
  • When the alarm goes off for that quiet time, will we choose mind over mattress?
  • When the world says we must be busy to be important, will we choose to pause and “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy?” (Ex 20:8)
  • When the world says get even, will we choose forgiveness and mercy?

In my experience, following Christ is never “one and done.”  It’s a series of choices, made in each moment.  It’s the most important choice I’ll always make….

Questions

  • What choices do you struggle with the most?  Why do you think that is?
  • What things are fighting for your attention with God?  Why are they distractions for you?
  • What would be different about your life if there were no other “idols” in the way?
  • What will you do, starting today, to choose Christ in every moment?  Share with someone!

 

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4 Comments

Posted by on September 7, 2014 in Reflection

 

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4 responses to “The Most Important Choice We’ll Always Make

  1. Chris

    September 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Bill, thanks for your steadfast choice to write, and reminding all of us of our daily choices, that we might ultimately be cognizant of the ramifications of all our choices…and that one day, we’ll be accountable for all of them.

     
    • billhogan77

      September 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      My pleasure Chris! Thanks for you encouragement the other day (and every day)!

       
  2. Chad Yelverton

    September 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Excellent, Bill! There is freedom in this as well: As we make the choices continuously, where we get off course, we can get back on through the choice we always make … through our repentance and in His grace and mercy.

     
    • billhogan77

      September 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm

      Love it Chad… the other advantage: if we are constantly choosing, we have a chance to make a course correction much sooner. Not only do we get back on track quicker, we don’t have so far to travel back!

       
 
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