Tuesday, April 21, 2015

make good choices

Philippians 3:14  NASB
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Those words were penned by a man who was at one time dead set to end the spread of all things pertaining to Jesus, yet something happened.  A big change came because he was asked why he was headed in that direction.

Without the meeting with God that Paul had, we would not have most of the New Testament.  Paul, whose name was Saul before meeting Christ, planted many churches, led people to God and personally disciple many people along the way.  We can credit this man for many of the blessings that we have today.

Someone took a chance on Paul, but remember that after he was saved the disciples would have nothing to do with him because they were scared that this was a trick.  It wasn’t. 

Paul understood that difficult choices would make a difference in his life and in the lives of the people he came in contact with.  He made choices based on what God said and understood that those choices would impact many people, some he would see and others he would not.

Our choices are much the same.  They don’t just impact our lives but the lives of many people to come in the near future and maybe even in the distance future.  Choices make a difference.

Matthew 6:20  NASB

Our focus determines our direction which determines our impact which further determines our influence of others.  We can count on what God says.  That is why the verses of Colossians 3:1-2 remind us to set our sites on heaven and our thinking on God things.

Our past can have a positive impact or a negative impact on our choices.  If we apply truth and believe what God says, our choices will be far different.  Paul knew that living a life of no hope is pointless.  Living without God was in Paul’s past and not His future.

Ephesians 2:12  NASB
remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Remember that fact.  We are now connected to God, holders of His promises and have hope.  We can also give those things to others.

It is time that we examine our choices and the impact of our lives.  My prayer is that my choices make my life richer, make my family stronger and make others see what will far outlast my life and theirs.  But the choice to do that begins with me and begins now!

Romans 6:6  NASB
knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.

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