Right Choices-part 2
Greetings everyone in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on this beautiful Thursday afternoon, hoping you have had a good week so far, as I mentioned on Monday we going to pick up part two of our study “Right Choices” at Two Houses-Stand or Fall, so without delay here’s our study. D. Two Houses—Stand or Fall
A natural disaster can speak to us like nothing else can. Jesus made use of this principle in teaching this parable. The results of the unwise builder’s decision was catastrophic—his house “fell: and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:27). There was nothing left but complete and irreparable ruin.
This parable teaches about the foundation, not the quality of materials in the house. It is our decision to build our lives on Jesus Christ, not our good works, that makes the house stand.
The wise person’s home stood though it was pummeled by rain and probably shaken by wind. No doubt it was built on higher ground, on the rocky area where the floodwaters could not reach it. Before beginning to build, the wise man had determined that the place where the foundation was to be laid was firm. His life and the lives of his family members may have depended upon making the right decision. He built his life on the rock Christ Jesus. 2.RIGHT CHOICES
When a skilled surgeon makes the right move while operating, it can spell the difference between life and death for the patient. When an anointed minister preaches the right message at the right time, it can mean the difference between Heaven and Hell for a hungry soul. A major decision someone makes in a weak moment can have eternal repercussions. A. Old Testament Wrapped Up with Choice
Heaven has well-kept files on those who in the past have served God. The Old Testament records show that many of these men, women, and young people faced tremendous challenges. In some cases they obviously made some bad decisions; in others cases they showed remarkable courage and through faith did great exploits.
Files also exist on many who succumbed to the pressures of their day and miserably failed. Some had every opportunity to do what was right, but they chose to do that which was evil.
Sin has power to deceive. It can convince the disobedient that right is wrong and wrong is right. In ancient days it took determination and courage to make the right choices and to take a firm stand against the forces of evil. Moses was one of those who elected to obey the commands of Jehovah regardless of the difficulties.
“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” (Hebrews 11:24–25).
Although God delivered Joseph, David, Esther, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and others because they made the right choices, many times the upright have suffered long-lasting imprisonment and even death. Some “were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection” (Hebrews 11:35). Without doubt Naboth, who refused to sell his vineyard to King Ahab, chose the honorable course; yet, through Jezebel’s treachery, he was stoned to death. B. Jesus’ Wrap-up to the Sermon on the Mount
During His concluding statements in the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord gave stern warnings about influences that can destroy us. Jesus was careful to caution the disciples against false prophets. They come in sheep’s clothing, He told them, “but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matthew 7:15). “For many,” He stated, “shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Mark 13:6).
Our Lord’s emphasis on the word “many” should in itself be a wake-up call. In reference to the broad way that leads to destruction, He said, “Many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13). Again, in speaking of those who made great profession but had no real relationship with Him, Jesus said many would tell of what great things they had done in His name (Matthew 7:22). Of those people the Lord said, “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23). In the parable of the marriage feast (Matthew 22:2–14), Jesus taught that not everyone who receives an invitation to obey the gospel will respond to it; of those who do, not everyone will meet the requirements of the Kingdom. “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
Everything about Christ’s final words on the mount indicated that only the dedicated and the diligent will prevail. The disciples were certainly aware of this fact. Luke 13:23–24 says, “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”
There is a time to call for help. There is a time to realize only God can bring us out of our dilemmas. “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). C. Our Choice to Make
Each of us should take warning of the great tempest about to break in upon this world. Jesus concluded the Sermon on the Mount by describing a storm, and this present age, without question, is going to end in a storm of terrifying proportions. The strange weather patterns of late on all continents should be enough to stir us. Gigantic floods in some areas and devastating droughts in others are but signals of greater catastrophes to occur. Scientists are at a loss to explain why the earth seems to be convulsing in agony, but Paul spoke of what someone has called “the sighing and suffering universe.” (See Romans 8:22.) Jesus stated, “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).
The choice is ours. We can choose to ignore the prominent signs of Christ’s return—the wars, the earthquakes, the pandemics—or we can determine to find a refuge from the coming storm. Our secular society is becoming more and more like the pagan societies of the past. “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18). We live in an age of decadence, a time when people demand instant gratification regardless of the consequences.
Internalizing the Message
Why should we wait to give our best to the Lord Jesus? Everything in our world seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into the quicksand of immorality and sin. Elijah, who ministered in the ninth century bc during a time of apostasy, posed the question to the nation of Israel, “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him” (I Kings 18:21). And certainly you and I who live in the twenty-first century are faced with a similar question as to whom we will serve.
There is no middle road. Jesus declared, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matthew 12:30). Could it be that, while we profess to serve Christ, by our daily choices we actually serve ourselves? There has to be a commitment that takes us beyond a shallow profession. We are saved to serve. Nothing else in this world can bring us the satisfaction a commitment to the cause of Christ can bring.
Thankfully we can choose the right path, and thankfully God has promised He will go with us every step of the way (Psalm 37:23). He never leaves us to struggle on our own in our desperate situations and never abandons us when we call on His name.
Paul wrote, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed” (II Corinthians 4:8–9).
Today is the day to make the right decision to choose the narrow road that leads to everlasting life with Jesus Christ. “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:8).
So that will conclude our study for this week on Right Choices, so I’m hoping that through this study we have been encouraged in some way to make better choices, whether they be spiritual or in the natural. Hoping you have a great weekend and worship service, when we get together on Monday our study will be on “The Kingdom Of Heaven”, have a Blessed weekend!