Rule of Life Series: Desire and Choice

Read John 15:12-17

Think about the word “choose.” You choose every day. You make choices about what clothes to wear and what food to eat. You choose what to do with your time, and you choose who you spend your time with. We all make choices.

Some choices are simply more significant than others. The day I chose to marry my wife has much more impact on my life than the lunch choice I made today. In today’s TAWG, we’re looking at the most impactful choice on your life – one you didn’t even make.

In our passage for today, God says that we did not choose Him. Instead, He chose us. What does this mean?

It means that God desired to be with you before you were even born. He loves you so much! In fact, His love for you is so great that He chose to send His only Son to die for you. That’s a big choice.

It’s important to remember that we are not ones making that initial choice. Sometimes it’s easy to think we initiate our relationship with God. What I mean by that is we think that a prayer or an action of ours was the beginning of our walk with God. What this verse tells us is that God initiated that relationship long before we even thought about beginning it.

So, where do we fit in then? I’m glad you asked!

The Choice is Yours

We still get to choose. Just because God made the first choice in this relationship doesn’t mean that we are locked in from there on. We can make the choice whether or not we want to accept God’s invitation to relationship. We can choose how much we let Him in. We can make many choices. This is because God has given us free will. Look back at our passage.

In verse 14, Jesus says, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” It’s interesting that Jesus uses the word if there. That means, there is the option to not do what Jesus commands. Otherwise, Jesus wouldn’t have to say if.

So then, we know that God has made the first choice – to love you and desire to be with you. Now, the choice is yours. Will you accept his invitation?

This certainly applies to salvation – will you accept that initial invitation to relationship? That’s a huge choice! If you have questions about that, ask either your parents or your pastor. They can help you.

But this also applies to our daily lives. Will we choose each day to follow Jesus? To take up our cross and follow his teachings each day. Will we love God and one another? Will we choose to be in a close relationship with Him each day?

I invite you to ponder these questions. Think about how amazing it is that the Creator of the universe chose you. He loves you and He desires you. Now, think about the choices you make each day. Are you following God or not? It sounds like a simple question, but the way we choose to answer it will literally change our lives.

 

Want More?

Matthew 16:24

Luke 9:23

James 2:5

Deuteronomy 7:6

Psalm 65:4

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