Choose you this day whom ye will serve . . .
as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
In America, every year July 4th brings with it festivities, fun, food, family and friends, and fireworks—all as a celebration of national freedom. But even with all the celebrating and fun, many Americans are still caught in the web of bondage on a mental, emotional, relational, financial, vocational or spiritual level. Most often, we ourselves create the chains that bind us by making poor or sinful choices. That is not only true of us as individuals, but us as a country as well.
A few weeks ago managers inside the United States Justice Department received a memo titled: “LGBT Inclusion at Work: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Managers.” It was sent in advance of “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.” One of the instructions to the managers cited the need to verbally affirm the lifestyle of these individuals. It read: “Don’t judge or remain silent. Silence will be interpreted as disapproval.”
The longer I live, the more convinced I am that life is a series of choices, each choice has a consequence, and we must live with the consequences of our choices. In order to have true freedom in your life, then, you must make wise choices.
• Will you choose good over evil (Psalm 34:14; Romans 12:21)?
• Obedience over rebellion (Proverbs 10:8; Hebrews 13:17)?
• Truth over deceit (Colossians 3:9; Proverbs 12:22)?
• Kindness over dishonor (Ephesians 4:32; Proverbs 14:2)?
Every day you make hundreds of choices and these form the basis for your lifestyle. I want to encourage you to seek God’s wisdom in all of your decisions, not the wisdom of the world, the flesh or the devil (James 3:17). Take the sometimes difficult step of saying, “I’ll do it God’s way!” even though it may mean avoiding the easy road. In the long run, the freedom that comes with making godly choices is definitely something to celebrate!
Praise God for the blessings He gives us each day as we choose to walk His way.