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LIFE’S CHOICES

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LIFE’S CHOICES

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33

When the author walks onto the stage, the play is over.  God is going to invade, all right; but what is the good of saying you are on His side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else comes crashing in?  This time it will be God without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irresistible horror into every creature.  It will be too late then to choose your side.  That will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not.  Now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side.

                                                         C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

 

The most important moments rarely come at a convenient time.  Sometimes you wish that God would check your calendar first.  The ironic part is that our schedules get packed with the mundane and ordinary, and we become irritated with God when He interrupts us with the miraculous and extraordinary.  The Scriptures are full of stories about people who were rudely interrupted by God.  We read them and long to have the kind of adventure experienced by those men and women.  Yet when God interrupts us, are we willing to respond on a moment’s notice?    

                                                        Erwin McManus-Chasing

 

“For many of us the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith.  It is that we will become so busy and distracted and rushed that we will settle for a mediocre version of it.”

                                                        John Ortberg

 

If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied.  It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world.  Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.

                                                        John Piper, A Hunger For God

 

Christianity is not a school for the teaching of moral virtue, the polishing of our manners, or forming us to live a life of this world with decency and gentility.  It is a deeper and more divine in its designs, and much nobler ends.  It implies an entire change of life, a dedication of ourselves, our souls, our bodies unto God in the strictest and highest sense of the words.

                                                       Bill Hull, The Complete Book of Discipleship

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • What in your life has been keeping you from having a day of rest? What would it take to eliminate or change the things that keep you from having a day of rest?
  • In what area of your life would you like to change the use of your time? What effect would this change have on your relationship with God, family, friends, others?
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week? Be specific.

Additional Quotes

In your moment of truth what will you choose? Will you choose the wilderness or the adventure? Have you confused the blessing of God with wealth, comfort, and security? Have you considered that God’s greatest gift to you is that He calls you to be a pioneer, explorer, and even creator? There are things God does for you and things that God waits for you to do. The journey begins when you choose. Stop wasting daylight. Choose a life of meaningful adventure. When you do, you will live in the epicenter of God’s activity....

You are going to make mistakes in this life, so make sure you make good mistakes. It is in that very weakness that God proves Himself strong. Even when we are committed to doing the good, we should not fool ourselves to think that we are doing the perfect. Yet in God's marvelous grace He strongly supports the work of those whose hearts are wholly His. Erwin McManus-Chasing Daylight

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,000 that carried over no balance from day to day...Allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you failed to use during the day, what would you do? Draw out every cent every day, of course, and use it to your advantage! Well, you have such a bank, and its name is TIME! Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as lost whatever of this you failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances, it allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow. Source Unknown

Every day we must again say, "Yes, Jesus, I'll follow you today. I'll resist heading out on my own just because I don't like the results you gave me yesterday. I won't bail out even though others are abandoning ship like rats. And I'll follow you today even though I feel I've misunderstood your mission for me and that's why I'm depressed. Choosing the life involves both attitude and action, and the battle is waged as we live out the life each day. Bill Hull, The Complete Book of Discipleship

verses related to this topic

  • Exodus 34:21

    Exodus 34:21

    “You shall work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during plowing time and harvest you shall rest.”

  • Psalm 90:12

    Psalm 90:12

    So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.

  • Ecclesiastes 12:1

    Ecclesiastes 12:1

    Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them”;

  • Matthew 6:26, 33

    Matthew 6:26, 33

    “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

  • Mark 1:35

    Mark 1:35

    In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.

  • Mark 6:31

    Mark 6:31

    And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while." (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)

  • Luke 10:38-42

    Luke 10:38-42

    Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

  • 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

    1 Corinthians 7:29-31

    But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.

  • Ephesians 5:15-17

    Ephesians 5:15-17

    Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

  • Colossians 4:5

    Colossians 4:5

    Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

books related to this topic

  • A Hunger For God

    A Hunger For God

    Pastor-scholar John Piper invites the reader to sharpen his or her appetite for God by turning away from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry and draw closer to God through simple fasting with accompanying prayer.

  • Ordering Your Private World

    Ordering Your Private World

    Gordon MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness. “We have schedule planners, computerized calendars, and self-stick notes to help us organize our business and social lives every day. But what about organizing the other side of our lives—the spiritual side?”

  • Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity

    Mere Christianity is a forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. Lewis rejects the divisions in the Christian world with the clear disclosure of the truth that is in Jesus Christ in a way that demands a response.

  • Chasing Daylight

    Chasing Daylight

    We all have dreams, hopes and aspirations. Why, then, do some of us realize our dreams and advance forward while others watch timidly from a distance and hope for a break? Author Edwin McManus reveals the direct relationship between passion and initiative. Chasing Daylight is a call to live life of blazing urgency. We have but one life.

  • The Complete Book of Discipleship

    The Complete Book of Discipleship

    The Complete Book of Discipleship is the definitive A-Z resource on discipleship for every Christian. It pulls together into one convenient, comprehensive volume relevant topics such as spiritual growth, tranformation, spiritual disciplines, and discipleship in the local church and beyond.

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