Making the right choice. Whether we are speaking about choosing a mate, choosing a job, choosing a church, choosing whatever, how we choose and what we choose can have a long reaching impact. Did you ever wonder what your life would be like today had you chosen to marry that girl or boy you dated in high school? Or where would you be now had you decided to major in Mechanical Engineering in college instead of History? Or what if you had moved to Charlotte instead of to Johns Creek a decade ago? As the Green Goblin says, "We are who we chose to be." Our choices reflect our interests, our priorities, our values. In a deeper sense, they reveal who we are.
Turning to scripture, as Joshua and the Israelites have finally captured the Promised Land, Joshua gathers the people together and declares that they have a choice to make, a choice that will have far-reaching consequences, a choice that could change the world. "Choose this day whom you will serve..." (Joshua 24:15) he proclaims.
We today are confronted by the same choice in a world of multiple choice: whom this day will we serve? As we enter 2016, the answer to that question could make for the most meaningful new year's resolution ever. So come to church this Sunday as I preach on this powerful passage as we wrestle with this challenge together. Hopefully, our resolution will be more than to exercise more, stop cursing, and/or cut out fast food from our diets! And be sure to bring a friend to church as well. Happy New Year!
Prayer for Today
Lord, guide us to put first things first in our lives. May our priorities always center in your purposes for us. May we who have been baptized into Jesus Christ seek to fulfill our discipleship in all our thoughts, words, and deeds. Amen.