“Choose this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”
— Joshua 24:15 ESV
“God develops the fruit of the Spirit in your life by allowing you to experience circumstances in which you’re tempted to express the exact opposite quality. Character development always involves a choice, and temptation provides that opportunity.”
— Rick Warren
You are your choices.
Show me your friends, I’ll show you your future.
Show me your diet & exercise patterns, I’ll show you your health.
Show me your checkbook, I’ll show you your heart.
We make choices about how to spend our time.
86,400 seconds in a day.
How much goes to our kids, our wife…God?
Life is all about choices.
Each day you make choices by what you do or don’t do, choices that largely determine what kind of day we will have – and even some that affect the course of our lives. I love how author Tim Keller put it, “Every choice we make is a part of God’s plan 45
for our life – and we are responsible for every choice we make.”20 Because many of the conscious choices we make carry with them eternal consequences, we must choose wisely. John Chrysostom said it this way, “God, having placed good and evil in our power, has given us full freedom of choice…”
Recently as I was reading Psalm 119, two particular “choosing” verses caught my attention;
“I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.” Psalm 119:30 ESV
“Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.” Psalm 119:173 ESV
What’s interesting is that in the Hebrew, the word “chosen” means to select what is the better part of a thing – something you delight in. The psalmist is consciously choosing to live a life of faithfulness to the Lord, as well as declaring that he has continuously chosen the precepts (the commandments and words) of the Lord because he understood that these choices were the best part of life – the part he delighted in.
Think about that. Are our daily choices made in light of being faithful and in accordance with God’s word? When given “free” time during the day, what do we choose to do with it? Do we delight in acts of faithfulness that line up with His precepts? We experience unbroken union and communion with Jesus when we make deliberate choices to spend time alone with Him each day.
It has been said that what a man or woman chooses to do when they are totally alone – when no one will see – or knows – that is who they truly are.
We might do well to be reminded of the admonition of Joshua to the children of Israel as his life was drawing to a close, “Choose this day whom you will serve…” to which he added this declaration – “…but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 ESV
As a man, we choose to stay in the fight. One of the life-altering precepts about life in Christ is that every day you have the opportunity to make new choices. God-given opportunities to choose faithfulness – to choose His word and His ways.
Choose those things which are best.
Prayer to IGNITE: Lord, today I choose you.