Thoughts to Live By

The Three Most Important Choices

“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him:  but if Baal, then follow him.  And the people answered him not a word.”  I Kings 18:21.

Every human being has many choices to make throughout his or her lifetime.  There are certain choices that we make that are life changing and will determine what kind of life we will have on this earth and where we will spend eternity.  Consider the three most important choices we need to make in this life.

Salvation – This is the most important choice that we have to make as a human being. No one is born saved and on his way to heaven.  In fact, we are all born in sin and separated from God in sin.  Many people are working daily to somehow show that they are worthy to go to heaven when they die.  No one can work his or her way to heaven.  It is only by God’s grace through faith in the person of Jesus Christ who died for us that we might have eternal life.  Ephesians 2:8,9, “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”  God loves the whole world and gave His Son to die for our sins. John 3:16.  Thank the Lord that we can receive Him by faith into our heart and receive the gift of eternal life through His perfect sacrifice on the cross.

Surrender – Once we are saved we have a responsibility to give our life in surrender to Jesus Christ our Savior.  Romans 12:1,2.  Our body belongs to Him and He lives in us, therefore we should be surrendered and allow the Lord to be glorified in our body and in our spirit. I Corinthians 6:19, 20

Service – We as Christians are not just saved to go to heaven, but also to serve our Lord Jesus Christ in obedience to His commands.  Colossians 2:6.  We are to walk with Him in fellowship daily and reach out to a lost world with the gospel of Christ and lead people to a saving knowledge of Him.  No Christian serves the Lord by accident.  We only serve Him when we allow Him to use us in His service.  “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve:”  Joshua 24:15a. We should do no less than give ourselves in the service of Christ daily.