(This blog was graciously submitted by the talented John Sandt. Thank you, John!)
People, Christians and non-Christians alike, make hundreds of choices every day. Many of the choices we make involve several or even many options. “What time should we go to the movies?” “Which shirt should I wear?” “What color and type of cell phone should I buy?” And the classic, “What looks good on the menu?”
However, quite often the very important choices we’re required to make are between only two possibilities. Let’s call them A and B:
- “Would it be a good idea to A) join the military right now or B) should I think more about it and decide later?”
- “Do I, A) take this new job offer or B) stay where I’m currently working?”
- “Should I, A) ask this girl to marry me or B) not?”
Our important A or B choices produce results that are often either B or C; that is, either Blessings or Curses. Many people will attribute blessings to “good luck” or “good karma” and curses to “bad luck” or “bad karma” (whatever that is), but that is NOT what God says. Although Moses spoke these words to Israel several thousand years ago, his message is just as applicable to us today:
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (REV)
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: 27the blessing if you will listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God that I command you this day; 28and the curse if you do not listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, but turn aside out of the way that I command you this day, to go after other gods that you have not known.
There will be a blessing or there will be a curse. We are the deciding factor. Either we obey God or we do not obey God, and as a result we determine which we receive: a blessing or a curse.
Even non-Christians receive God’s blessings when they obey His instructions, even though they don’t know it. Is everyone who eats healthy, works out, and takes care of their body a Christian? Obviously not, but they are being blessed by following God’s command to love your neighbor as “yourself”. God wants us to love ourselves. Is everyone who donates blood or gives to a charity a Christian? Again, no, but beyond getting cookies and a tax deduction, God is blessing their act of loving their neighbor. The blessing, in whatever form it takes, is a result of obedience even if they don’t realize it’s from God. Are donating blood and giving to a charity really important choices? Well, they are A or B choices, where we either give or don’t give, and according to God and the Lord Jesus, giving is always an important choice.
Life is journey of choices and until we’re dead, we still have the choice to obey and be blessed, and those choices happen every day. Choose to love by giving, and then live long and prosper!