Life is full of choices as is manifested in our day to day walk. We make choices when it comes to the clothing we wear, the food we eat, where we live, the degree of education that we pursue, along with many other things too numerous to mention. All of these have to do with this life, but do not always have eternal significance. Other choices are such that will affect us throughout the entirety of our lives from the moment we make them, and even beyond the grave. For example, the choice that we make in a spouse may well have something to do with where we will be for eternity. I have often said that as Christians we need to be careful to choose a mate that will assist us in getting to heaven, and not hell. The simple truth is, I can get there on my own, I do not need help! The same, of course, could be said of children born into our homes. A non-Christian mate will, in many cases, be a hindrance to our setting our children on the right path in life (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4). Choosing to either become or refuse to become a Christian will, affect our eternal destiny. Numerous passages of scripture in both the Old and New Testaments indicate the eternal significance of many of the   choices we make. Our text for this article is Matthew 7:13-27 which clearly sets the stage for a proper understanding of the need to make choices in life with a view toward eternity.

A CHOICE MUST BE MADE – Needless to say, the most important choices are those of a spiritual nature. In view of our text, we see we can choose the narrow way or the broad way. We can choose to be like the wise man who built his house on the rock or like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. Several years ago, while working as a self-employed carpenter, the footer of the basement walls of a house we were building gave way due to the unstable condition of the soil beneath it. We were totally unaware of the soil’s condition until it was too late. Such does not need to be the case when it comes to spiritual matters. God has given us His Word to provide us with the information necessary that we “…may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:17). Likewise, He has given “…us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:” (2 Peter 1:3).

It is important to understand that daily choices have an accumulated effect. One choice is added to another, and another to another, until eventually an established way of life is formed and an eternal destiny is set. Much like the “Christian Graces,” found in 2 Peter 1:5-11, that are added one to another, proper choices, when added up at the end of the day, may result in our developing the holiness expected of us by God (1 Peter 1:15, 16).

CHOOSING THE NARROW WAY – The narrow way consists of following Deity and Deity alone as we walk consistently in “his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Regardless of what man would have us to believe, we dare not choose another to follow when it comes to our spiritual lives. When one chooses someone other than Christ, he severs himself from the only means to reach God (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). To properly make the right choices we need to choose true wisdom rather than the worldly wisdom that so many pursue today (Proverbs 23:23; Psalms 119:130; 19:7-11). To seek only worldly wisdom, as opposed to the spiritual wisdom, is pictured as a vain pursuit (Ecclesiastes 1:13-18; 2:15, 16).

We think of the words of the Apostle Paul as he addressed this matter with the Corinthians(1 Corinthians 1:19, 20). Although it can be said that a certain amount of worldly wisdom is necessary to survive in this world, it should never be pursued to the neglect of spiritual wisdom.

The truth of the matter is, often those who pursue worldly wisdom have a very selfish view in mind. It is imperative that we choose the gospel, rather than man-made gimmicks, as we seek for salvation (Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12). The reason for this is clearly seen as we take note that the gospel way is the narrow way and as such, it is the right way. Likewise, it is “the power,” not “a power,” as though it is one among many. The simple truth is, the gospel is God’s only “drawing power” to save mankind. In spite of this, modern man continues to use every conceivable means to win and hold members. We must be cautioned to not follow in their path.

CHOOSING “A” CHURCH – We need to choose the Lord’s church as revealed in the Scriptures and not denominational churches which have been built by man (Psalm 127:1;    1 Timothy 3:15; Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47). In the New Testament, local churches had a particular organization, work, and worship. In view of such, we need to pattern ourselves after what God ordained for His church.

CHOOSING GOD’S “FAMILY VALUES” – We need to choose God’s “family values” and not the “values” of modern man. God’s way promotes marriage and the home (Proverbs 18:22; 1 Timothy 5:14). Modern man, on the other hand, promotes divorce and so-called “live-ins.” God’s “values” promotes sexual purity as seen in Hebrews 13:4, while man’s “values” would have us live much like an alley cat. God’s ways would have us to accept the union of a man and a woman as husband and wife (Genesis 2:24) while the “wisdom” of the world promotes homosexuality on every front.

CHOOSE TO BE A WISE PERSON – Jesus said that the wise person is the one who hears His sayings and does them (Matthew 7:24). To do so involves reasoning and making the proper response to what Jesus taught. No greater choice could ever be made and displays wisdom in the life of the one who has chosen to do so.

Our day to day choices are important. We can choose the narrow way which leads to life, or we can go in the broad way which leads to destruction. We can choose to be wise by obeying the Lord, or we can choose to be foolish by not heeding his commands (John 1:10-13). When the proper choice is made, those who receive Jesus have a right to become children of God.

 

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