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It’s Still All About Our Choices

Posted by patches24 on October 1, 2012

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” Deuteronomy 30:19

As a member of a Christian authors’ group I enjoy fellowship, support and expressions of love and care when I need them.  Good stuff.

Aims of the group are to disseminate details of our fellow authors’ blogs directing them towards new readers and visitors and also to assist with book launches by providing a ready-made platform of at least 200 persons.  There is some tacit understanding that all of us will do all that is ethically possible to support and promote each others’ creative works.   What an excellent idea and one can be forgiven for having flights of fancy about the exponential benefits of belonging to such a group. After all, if each person has a personal platform of  say 100 persons, multiply that by 200,  that’s potentially 20,000 persons we should be able to reach.  Right?   Hmmmm!!

Recently I  posed a question asking how was it that there are so many members and yet requests for ‘like’ endorsements on Amazon book sites reflected less than 10% of the membership.  The question elicited an avalanche of responses and subsequent positive discussions and suggestions.  As I thought over these responses I could see an emerging pattern which closely paralleled the responses to the message of salvation.

When Jesus walked this earth He showed love to everyone and asked for love in return, not only for Himself but for one another.  The gospels record few incidents of persons who demonstrated love for the Master, outside of His chosen twelve, and even among that small band, there was a traitor.  Even when we extend love freely to multitudes, only a few will choose to love you back.

His message offered abundant life.  Though following Him might be difficult He promised glorious rewards.  Instead of death choose life.  Only a few chose to follow Him.   Many excuses were proffered.  Some had to look after businesses, take care of a new wife, bury a relative, laziness, inconsistent promises, disinterest, apathy, and those who talked and pontificate.  But there were those who responded to the call, acted upon it and also offered constructive help.

More than 2000 years hence, this template of responses is replicated over and over in almost every grouping of persons. It boils down to the precious gift a loving God gave to His children…..Choice .

And because we can choose, the results are always going to be the same.    The minority will choose the better part, with the majority having their own good reasons for going in another direction.

There is one choice that is set before each and every person.  I have set before you life and death, choose life.    Life is accepting the free gift of salvation purchased for the world by a loving Saviour.   Why would anyone want to choose otherwise?  But amazingly, the majority will choose death.  “And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.” Jeremiah 8:3

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2 Responses to “It’s Still All About Our Choices”

  1. LisaLickel said

    Thank you, Yvonne Pat…great message.

  2. patches24 said

    Thanks ~Lisa

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