Choose You This Day

1 Kings 18:21 (ESV)
"And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word."

In this verse, the prophet Elijah implored the Israelites to make a choice whether to serve the God of their fathers or the gods of the Canaanites, namely Baal. This is a pattern throughout the Bible—it is about choices. The freewill we enjoy to either choose the gods of the world or the One True God.

It is no different for us today. We are drawn to the many pleasures this world offers us, and often these pleasures prevent us from truly living a life focused on our eternal reward for the instantaneous gratification of what the world can give us now. We see caring for the eternal soul as a long-term goal, one that can be reconciled later in life.

But choices have consequences. As the Rush song called Freewill goes, “if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” If we choose for worldly quests to take precedence in our hearts over our Savior, we are in essence choosing the prince of the world over the Eternal King as our master.

There is no in-between. There is no “leaning towards”. If you were to die right now in a state of uncertainty, your decision was just made for you.

Joshua most famously put this same question to Israel and declared that not only he, but his family for generations will faithfully choose the Lord (Joshua 24:15). God demands such a decision for you and I as well.

As Christians, we are commanded to publicly affirm our separateness (2 Corinthians 6:17). Make no arrangements for waiting between your consecration and worldliness—let your light shine before men. Choose this day to bring the lost home, instead of passively sitting in a church pew. You need not have to fill an arena to proclaim the Gospel—seek out the lost at your workplace, or even within your own family and neighborhood.

It is our inaction as Christians where we do the most damage to the cause. When we appear to have no desire to share our faith, the unbelievers around us will see no value in it either. Sometimes I reflect, even as I am writing this, that I could be dead in the next 30 seconds and in that short of a time, be face-to-face with my Creator. Am I ready to give an account? Would you be?

Consider these verses from Matthew 25: 31-46. Our Lord makes it clear that our inactions, born from an impenitent heart, on serving others will not go unnoticed:

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

If you profess to be a Christian but your heart belongs to the world, turn from this now, this very day.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed.