Everyday new day, we have hundreds of different choices to make. Though sometimes we may wish we have more. What time do you get out of bed? What am I going to eat for breakfast? Do I have time to eat breakfast? Should I pick up some coffee on my way to class? Should I even go to class or skip? What time do I have to be home? Should I go out tonight or stay in? Should I do my homework now or tomorrow during class? The amount of questions are endless. Majority of the time, you do something without realizing that you actual had an option because you’re so used to your routine.
God gives people a choice, we can either live for Him or live for the world. He doesn’t want to force us to serve Him (though He can do this if He wanted), He wants us to come to Him willingly. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 :
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
We can’t serve both God and the world. At some point in time, we let our actions determine the choice for us.
When something goes wrong, which many times they do, who is the first person you blame? Your brother? Sister? Friend? Parents? Yourself? It’s sad to say, but typically the first person a christian blames is God. Apparently it’s His fault that the cop caught you speeding and gave you a ticket or it’s His fault that the person you like doesn’t like you back. Honestly guys I’m not kidding. When things go wrong, people tend to blame God for it. But why? How is it His fault that you got a ticket? Was He driving the car or was it you? How is it His fault that the guy/girl isn’t texting you back? Did He tell them not to reply to you? Did He tell them that you’re not good enough? No He didn’t. Wow Inna, why would you accuse our all-powerful and loving God of doing such horrible things! But that’s just it. We do it all the time without realizing it. How would you feel if you were constantly blamed for things you didn’t do and have any part it? When we blame God, we willingly accuse Him of doing all these things. He didn’t do any of these things that we accuse Him of when we blame Him. When we get into trouble, we have a choice to make. We can choose who to blame, either we can admit that we made a mistake or we can blame a bystander.
When we do things, many times we don’t take a moment to think about the consequences that particular action will have. Yes, we have a lot of choices to make. Yes, it can be very stressful. Yes, many times we make the wrong choice. But we need to realize that God is with us IF we commit our actions to Him. Proverbs 16:3 says
“Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed.”
With everything we do, if we want to see God’s hand in the situation we need to commit them for God’s glory. This isn’t saying, “oh, well I did this for God yesterday so I don’t have to do it again today. I can do something for myself today.” No, this is not how it works. We are our choices. We get to choose. Are we doing this for God’s glory or for ourselves? Scary to say but the answer to this question defines who you are as a christian.
Always remember, God is there. He wants to help us get through our troubled times. Every choice has 2 or more options that come with it. The first choice is Gods way. The second choice is either our way or societies way. Often times its difficult to choose Gods way all the time because many times societies way looks a lot more attractive. That how the devil works, he slowly starts to entice you into sinning by making sin look good. God’s way may be difficult to always choose, but challenge yourself. You’ll see that you’ll find yourself in less situations where you are tempted to sin and step away from the Word.
You are your choices. You define yourself.