FEBRUARY 2004 CALENDAR ARTICLE
OUR THEME THIS YEAR:
Serving God with Humility and Love
Servants of God by Choice
by Stefania Eskridge
Choose me — Choose me!
We are constantly bombarded by ads to choose certain products, candidates and even careers. We participate in polls and taste tests to choose that product or candidate that supposedly has the best test or will do the best for us. We spend hours pondering over which appliance/car to buy or how a certain vote might affect our taxes. We encourage our children to select their careers wisely because their choice will have a serious impact upon their ability to earn a good living.
But how many hours do we spend encouraging our friends and loved ones to consider their eternity choice? Is it because we can immediately touch or taste that product or feel the ramifications of that tax break or extra tax because we have more or less take home pay — but eternal life just seems too far away or far fetched for us to consider now? Whatever the reason or justification for it — shame on us!
God wants us to choose him. He chose us. See John 15:16. He chose to allow his only begotten son, Jesus to suffer for us. See John 3:16. He chose to give us this wonderful earth to live on. He chose to make us in his own image. See Genesis 1:26. The creator of the heavens and the earth chose us. What an awesome blessing — what an awesome thought.
How could we not but choose God? The reasons we don’t choose him are selfish reasons. We want to do things our way. We want immediate gratification. We want to be able to say “We did it all on our own.” We don’t want to answer to anybody if we don’t have to.
Our God is a jealous God, and just like us when we want loved ones to choose us, he wants us to choose him freely — and to choose him now, not later. Woe to those who never choose God! See Isaiah 59:2.
Choose God and look what happens! James 4:8: “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you . . .” See 1 Chronicles 28:9: “If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” See 2 Corinthians 1:3 & 4: “ . . . the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” See Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And the list goes on. Super benefits!
Don’t miss out! Choose God. He wants you to choose him. We want you to choose him. God bless.