The Messenger - September/October 09

 

Choices?

 

 


Each day every person makes many choices. Some may be trivial as we choose what to wear or what to eat; others will influence matters in our work place; others may influence who rules over us locally or nationally; others will set the trend for life as we choose a career, a partner for life or a place to live. The most important choice that a person can ever make decides the eternal destiny of his or her soul. This is a choice to accept or reject the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, as our personal Saviour.


In the Bible, in the book of Hebrews, we read of a choice made by the great leader Moses. In chapter 11.23-26 we read, "By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward."


This choice was personal. None else could make this decision for him; he must make it for himself. The phrase in v.24, "when he was come to years" indicates that this was the considered choice of a mature man. It was not a childish, ill-informed, emotional choice. As we consider God’s offer of salvation through the sacrificial death of His Son on Calvary’s cross, so long ago, we have a choice to make. A young man in Matthew 19.22 made the wrong choice, "when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions". In Hebrews 12.16,17 a man called Esau made the wrong choice and found it was impossible to get the blessing. As you continue to read this page, you will make a choice — that is inevitable. Be sure you make the right one!


His choice meant a refusal, "when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter". All the glory of Egypt was offered. He could have all that his heart desired as he would have been in a position of exceptional power and prominence. But he refused it all.


This may seem illogical. What is illogical when considered in terms of time becomes very logical when the dimension of eternity is introduced. What is the most important, possessions during life and at the end eternal judgment, or a lesser life now but the eternal glory of heaven at the end? The apostle Paul stated his judgment in Romans 8.18, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."


Thus his choice was eternal. The contrasting expressions in vv.25,26 should be noted and weighed by the reader — "the pleasures of sin for a season … the recompence of the reward." Few would deny that there is an amount of pleasure to be found in sin, but it is all temporary and does not last. Certainly it will not give satisfaction in eternity. Moses was long sighted and looked into eternity and thus made his choice.


It may seem illogical that a Man who died by crucifixion almost 2,000 years ago can save us in this present time. However, when we appreciate the truth of the gospel, "… Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that He was seen. …" 1Corinthians 15.3-5, it becomes very logical and most acceptable. We say in the words of Moses, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live" Deuteronomy 30.19.

 

 

Reproduced from "Assembly Testimony" obtainable from W. Neill,
109 Lurgan Road, Banbridge, BT32 4NG, N. Ireland

 

Bible Verse

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26.18)

 

 

 

 

 

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