Decisions, decisions, decisions. As lockdown eases, and the Indian Covid variant is on the increase, we all have decisions to make. The governments of the four home countries have to decide whether to continue with their easing of restrictions, or should they put the brakes on. We may have to decide whether or not we go on holiday abroad. Do we stick to green list countries or do we risk a country on the amber list? What about hugging? Do we begin embracing friends and family, or do we wait a while longer? What about having people in our homes? So many decisions, and none are easy to make. At the end of the day none of these decisions are life changing, but some decisions are. Do you have chemotherapy if you have been diagnosed with cancer, or do you decide to avoid its debilitating effects and enjoy whatever time is left? Do you say yes when marriage is proposed, or you’re offered a job you applied for but are no longer sure about? Do you move house to get your child into the catchment area for the best school in the area?
There are examples of life changing decisions in the Bible. The first one is a bad decision. When God created the earth and put Adam in the Garden of Eden he was told, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (1) I’m sure you know what Adam did. He decided to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He sinned and brought sin into the world, a life changing decision that has impacted on all life since. The wonderful creation God gave us, the relationship with the animal kingdom, and the relationship with each other, it’s all been wrecked by sin.
After the Israelites were rescued from Egypt God spoke to them through Moses. He said, “You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” (2) They had a big decision to make. Obey God and be special to him or reject him. On this occasion they made the right decision, although their future years are filled with bad decisions. On this occasion they said, “We will do everything the LORD has said.” (3) They got it right, good decision made.
When he was on earth Jesus had his followers, his disciples. He didn’t force them to follow him, he called them and they made their own decision. Two brothers called Peter and Andrew met Jesus. We read, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (4) That’s a big decision. Leave behind your old way of life, everything with which you are familiar, and follow me, a man you hardly know. They found this a very easy decision to make. “At once they left their nets and followed him.” (5)
Jesus also had a decision to make. A Saviour was needed. Someone who would deal with the problem of sin once for all. Someone who would live a life of perfect obedience to God and do exactly as he asked, which included death on a cross and all the suffering it entailed. There’s a passage in the Old Testament that relates to this decision of Jesus. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”” (6) You have a decision to make. We all do and the decision we make affects where we spend eternity. Jesus chose to come and die for you because he loves you and wants to spend eternity with you. He has offered himself as a way of salvation from your sin, and leaves you with the choice of accepting his offer or rejecting it. If you accept it you spend eternity with Jesus, if you reject it you will be away from Jesus and God his Father for ever, a horrible possibility. It’s not what Jesus wants for you but he lets you make the decision. Accept him or reject him, you decide but be prepared to face the consequences of your decision. As far as I’m concerned there’s only one decision that you should make. Don’t make a big mistake and reject Jesus.
- Genesis 2:16
- Exodus 19:4-6
- Exodus 19:8
- Matthew 4:18,19
- Matthew 4:20
- Isaiah 6:8