BY LEANN DILBECK –
There are always two sides to every story and as my daddy always said, “opinions are like belly buttons, everybody’s got one.” One of the hardest lessons to learn as a child and continue to re-learn throughout life is that for every choice we make, there is a consequence. EVERY choice… good, bad, ugly or even indifferent, there will be a consequence to follow.
A merciful God chose to give His Son for all of mankind and even though no man has ever walked this earth that has ever made an impact such as He, many then and now, choose to deny His Lordship. Even though Isaiah prophesied details about His coming and His death hundreds of years before the first Christmas, many will choose to deny He is the promised Messiah. I believe, without a shadow of a doubt, the biggest choice any human will ever make is whether or not to give their life to Jesus Christ.
Some will choose to believe God but deny His way to eternal salvation through the gift He chose to give in His Son. It is my personal conviction and choice to believe that it is impossible to have a relationship with God the Father without knowing Jesus Christ the Son.
One scripture that has resounded with me for the last few weeks is John 20:29 when Jesus said “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
God’s mercy upon us overwhelms me sometimes as I get older, realizing how painful it must be to watch His children deny His gift to us.
Jesus Christ, our God in the flesh, and the Holy Spirit that indwells within our hearts until He returns, may be a difficult concept to understand until you’ve experienced it… but to put it in today’s terms, all three are a “package deal.”
Christmas or Christianity is not about a religion or a religious doctrine. It’s not even about what shingle is hung outside your place of worship. It’s about choosing to have a personal intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. You can go through all the rituals, ceremonies, services, etc., but without choosing to accept Him as your Lord and seek Him in your everyday life, none of the productions or formalities have any value.
It is having that personal relationship with Him that will have the greatest impact on the choices we make in life.
Facing the consequences of poor choices is hard for anyone at any age at any juncture in life. But, how and what you do during times of adversity reveal character. Lashing out at those who speak His truths or for those who try to help, instead of taking responsibility for the poor choice, will yield nothing but continued pain. But so many times, those that find themselves in those situations feel that they have been judged when in reality what they are feeling is conviction by the Holy Spirit for their actions. It is easier to lash out at others than to deal with the reflection in the mirror.
We must remember that we all make poor choices and make mistakes. It is Jesus Christ who intercedes on our behalf and washes us white as snow before our Heavenly Father, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever.” Jude 1:24-25
Making choices to speak or write His truths will also have consequences. One of which will be attacks from the Enemy himself to use his cunning ways to silence you.
Choosing to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior is the biggest decision we will ever make… with the biggest consequences we will ever face. “choose for yourselves today whom you will serve… but as for me and my house [and this paper], we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
All for His glory –