Thought for the month – June 2015

If you’ve seen any news on TV at all over the last few weeks you’ll have picked up that the nation has chosen its leaders in the general election. People had to make their minds up about who to vote for, or whether to vote at all! All this election talk prompts us to think about decision making in life, and who we should choose to make our allegiance with.

Decision making is a strong Bible theme, and this invites both the Christian and non-Christian to make their minds up. Each of us must make our minds up as to whether we shall trust in God, to follow Him or reject Him. Several Bible passages help to illustrate this.

DEUTERONOMY 30 V 11-20 therefore choose life, that you may live – v19

Moses challenged God’s earthly people the children of Israel to follow God, so that they would prosper in the “promised land”. It was a stark choice: life or death, blessing or cursing. Moses has spent the rest of the book of Deuteronomy setting out God’s law for His people at that time, and now he asks the people to decide: will they follow or not? It was almost God’s manifesto! What Moses looked for, and what God looks for, is a conscious decision to follow Him. And he wasn’t asking too much! Read vs 11-14 again: the word is very near you… that you may do it – v14.

JOSHUA 24 V 14-28 choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve – v15

Now it’s Joshua’s turn to rally the people (remember Joshua led the people of Israel after Moses died). The people are now over the Jordon, well on their way to possess the promised land. The people were up for it, see v16-18. But Joshua does a strange thing, he says “you cannot serve the Lord” in v19. Why not? “For He is a holy God.” The point was, that they couldn’t say they would follow the Lord, unless their behaviour was consistent with that claim. They had to “incline your heart to the Lord” v23. So there are implications in following God, it must affect the way we live.

The people of Israel thought they had chosen God, but in fact it was the other way round – we read Deuteronomy 7 v 1-8 “the Lord your God has chosen you”. This is an important Bible truth: although it is true that we are all accountable to God for our decision to choose Him or not, it is also equally true that He has chosen us! John 15v16 says “you did not choose Me, I chose you” and Ephesians 1v4 tells us that “He chose us before the foundation of the world.”

Why is that important? Because it means that we had no opportunity to influence God’s decision to choose us – we weren’t even born! He also knew what we would be like, and had ample reason not to choose us. He chose us simply because He loves us – it’s as simple as that.

SO – you need to make a choice (one far more important than which political party is in Government). Will you choose to follow God and become a Christian? And if you are already a Christian, will you choose to commit to His way for your life, and live a distinctive Christian life?