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Life is full of choices. When you’re very young, most of them are made for you: when to go to bed, who to play with, what to watch, where to go, and how to spend your time. As you grow into adulthood, these choices are carefully placed in your hands. Ah, the exhilaration of freedom and independence! But before you go too crazy, remember that choices are followed by consequences. My husband frequently reminds our sons, “The old man lives with what the young man does.” The decisions you make in the moment could impact the rest of your life. How important, then, to put some thought into them ahead of time! Determine now to make the best ones, not only for your sake, but for the sake of those around you and for the God who loves you. In the front of your Bible, write:
Life’s Most Important Choices- Deut. 30:15-20
See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it…
Underline “choose life in order that you may live” (v. 19). Squiggly underline “love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments” (v. 16) and “by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him” (v. 20). Blessings or cursings. Moses laid down a choice before the people. If those chose to love and follow God, He would bless them and their descendants. If they chose the gods of the land, they would perish. The same choice is before each of us today. At the end of verse 20, write Josh. 24:14-15.
…choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your father served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Underline “choose for yourselves.” Circle all seven occurrences of “serve(d).” You’re going to serve someone—either the Lord or the gods “in whose land you are living.” Squiggly underline “fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth,” and both occurrences of “serve the Lord.” Making the choice to serve the Lord “in sincerity and truth” will affect all the other choices you make. At the end of the verse, write 1 Ki. 18:21.
“How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him a word.
Underline “how long will you hesitate between two opinions.” Squiggly underline, “If the Lord is God, follow Him.” Elijah is about to prove unequivocally that the Lord is God but by then it will be too late for the prophets of Baal. One day every knee shall bow before the Lord (Phil. 2:10-11). Acknowledge Him now as your Lord and follow Him, while the choice is still yours. At the end of the verse, write Prov. 3:1-10.
…let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you…
Circle all three occurrences of “heart” (v. 1, 3, 5). Squiggly underline “trust in the Lord” (v. 5), “fear the Lord” (v. 7), and “honor the Lord” (v. 9). Notice the life-blessings that come to those who choose to put the Lord first in their hearts. At the end of verse 10, write Gal. 6:7-8.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Underline “whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Circle “corruption” and “eternal life” and draw a line connecting the two. Look down the road of your life. Do you want to be a spiritual person or a fleshly person? What do you want to reap? In the Domino Effect, Tim Lewis wrote, “When you pick a path in life, you are also choosing a destination.” At the end of the verse, write Col. 3:17.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus…
Underline the entire verse. Notice the comprehensive nature of this choice: “whatever you do,” “do everything, “ “word or deed.” Choose now to make sure everything you say and do honors the Lord you’ve chosen to serve!
Important choices in life usually consist of things like becoming a Christian, choosing a spouse, deciding what you’ll do with your life, etc. The Bible has much to say about each of these subjects, and they are VERY important. But the most important choice is the one you just marked in your Bible…choosing whom you will serve. When you decide to love and honor the Lord, then you’ve already made the choice to get out of bed on Sunday morning and go to Bible class. You’ve already decided to spend time with people who will help you go to Heaven. You’re going to prioritize soul-winning. Once you choose whom you will serve, all the other important decisions in life fall in line.