“The Greatest Choice You Will Ever Make”
READ IN THE BIBLE (HEBREWS -26)
Choices! Choices! Choices! We are faced with them practically every day. Many choices we make are minor in nature. Choices like, “what shall we wear”, “what shall we eat”, “where shall we go”, etc? With these types of choices we give little thought and concern if we make a wrong choice. There are other choices we make which are more serious in nature. Choices like, “should I marry this person”, should I attend this college”, “should I take this job”, “should I buy this car or this home”, ‘should I invest my money in this fund”, etc? The results of a wrong choice in matters of this type can be more profound and in some cases can have life long consequences. “The Greatest Choice You Will Ever Make” however, has to do with your eternal destiny. Many people are planning carefully and working feverously because they have chosen to provide for themselves a comfortable retirement in a coming day. This is good and wise in itself but it is short sided indeed if no preparation has been made beyond the grave. HAVE YOU MADE THE CHOICE TO PREPARE FOR ETERNITY AND THE WELL BEING OF YOUR OWN SOUL? What God said to the nation of Israel He says to YOU also, (Deuteronomy 30:19) “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”. Are YOU aware that there is a choice before you, a choice between life and death? If you turn away and make no choice YOU ARE MAKING A CHOICE. To do nothing is to make the wrong choice. To do nothing is to choose death. This is because God says in His Word, (Romans 3:9, 10, 12, 19, 23) “Jews and Gentiles, they are all under sin”, “There is none righteous no not one”, “There is none that doeth good no not one”, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”, “All the world is guilty (subject to the judgment) before God”. Notice that sin is universal. There are no exclusions or exceptions. ALL HAVE SINNED. Because God is holy and just He must and will judge sin and the sinner. We read in, (Hebrews ) “It is appointed unto men once to die, but AFTER THIS THE JUDGMENT”. Dear reader, in love for your soul we warn you, unless you get saved, ahead are death, judgment, hell and an eternity to be spent banished from God in the “lake of fire”. We read in, (Revelation 20:15) “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”. Is YOUR NAME in God’s “book of life”? It can only be there if you have deliberately “chosen life” by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and receiving Him as your personal Savior. Dear reader, this is why God says in His Word, “Choose life”. You choose death by being disobedient, by ignoring God’s warning in His Word. You choose death by remaining in your sins. You choose death by deliberately refusing to make the conscious choice to choose life. God urges you to “choose life” because He said in, (2 Peter 3:9) that He “Is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”. It says also in, (1 Timothy 2:3, 4) “God our Savior who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth”. These verses tell us that it is “GOD’S WILL” that all be saved. It is NOT GOD’S WILL that any perish in their sins. God has proven this by sending His beloved Son to be the Savior of sinners. We read in, (1 Timothy ) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. The question is what is “YOUR WILL”? Will you choose life? You choose life by obeying the word of God. You choose life by repenting of your sins (this means to change your mind about your sins and your sinful condition). You choose life by believing in and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior. “The Greatest Choice You Will Ever Make” is this choice between life and death.
In our main scripture
text in (Hebrews 11:24-26) we read about an incident in the early life of
Moses. He was faced with a very serious
choice. It was a choice that would change
the rest of his life as well as secure the eternal well being of his own
soul. It says in these verses, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; CHOOSING rather to suffer affliction with
the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures
of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasures of Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward”. The choice that Moses made will
probably seem strange and illogical to most people reading this message. Moses could have had all the glory of
THE CHOICE MOSES DID NOT MAKE.
He did not choose
“the pleasures of sin for a season”. It cannot be denied that there is an amount
of pleasure in sin. Multitudes, these
days, are choosing “the pleasures of sin for a season”. Most people live for the present and for
passing pleasure. The places of
amusement and entertainment around the world are full to capacity. Thoughts of death and an eternity to be spent
somewhere are pushed to the back of the mind.
Please notice the words, “for a season”.
Sin is only “for a season”. It is
only for this life and how short a time it is in light of eternity. We read in, (James
2:14) “Ye know not what shall be on the morrow.
For what is your life? It is even
a vapor (a mist, a puff of smoke), that appeareth for a little time, and then
vanisheth away”. James reminds us
of the uncertainty and the brevity of life.
The gratification of sinful appetites will soon come to an end. The time of your end is uncertain but the
fact of your end is certain. Notice also
that Moses did not choose the
Let’s consider next;
THE CHOICE MOSES DID MAKE.
Our scripture text in (Hebrews 11:24-36) tells us Moses chose, “to suffer affliction with the people of God”. There was a two-fold reason why Moses made this choice;
These two reasons would
not be found in the thought process of the natural man. The natural man (sinful man) would naturally
choose “the pleasures of sin for a season”.
They would naturally choose “worldly success and prosperity” (the
treasures of Egypt). A man of the world,
making choice with natural reasoning and human ambitions only, would have no
hesitation or doubt when making these choices.
Moses choices however, were made out of faith in God. Faith has wider horizons. Faith looks beyond time into eternity. Faith looks up to God. Moses, in faith, could see and understand
that the choice was either, pleasures now for a season and eternal suffering
afterwards, or suffering now, if need be, for a little while, with pleasures
for evermore. We read in, (Psalm 16:11) “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in THY PRESENCE IS FULLNESS OF JOY; AT THY
RIGHT HAND THERE ARE PLEASURES FOR EVERMORE”.
Notice that these pleasures are NOT for a season but they are
pleasures for evermore. They are
pleasures to be found at the right hand of God.
They are pleasures that result in “fullness of joy”. Moses looked off, away into the future. He saw, by faith, beyond worldly attractions
and worldly ambitions and the temporary pleasures which could have been his as
an Egyptian prince. Faith makes the invisible
visible. That which is not
comprehensible to human thought and reasoning becomes crystal clear to the eye
of faith. Moses “considered
the reproach of Christ”. The
reproach of Christ speaks of Calvary and the Savior’s suffering and death on
the cross for our sins. It is a wise
person who considers the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ when making
choices for the future. One of the
reasons is because of what we read in, (John 3:16) “For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. In condescending grace the Son of God
came down from heaven. The incarnation
of the Son of God was a great mystery.
God became man. Deity took on
humanity. The high and lofty One of
heaven became the lowly man of
In closing I would remind you that God has done everything necessary to provide salvation for you. In eternity past, before the world was brought into being, it was ordained that the Son of God would become incarnate, “God manifest in the flesh”. We read in, (1 Peter , 20) “Christ as a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world”. God identified His beloved Son to be the “Lamb of God” who would be sacrificed on the cross for our sins. Thank God, God made the right choice. We read of His choice in, (Matthew ) “Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased”. Through His sacrificial death on the cross all the righteous demands of a holy God have been satisfied and the way of salvation has been made available. Jesus Christ is God’s way of salvation. (Acts ) “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”. God says, “Behold Him”. Pay attention to Him. YOU are traveling the “highway of life”, passing through time on the way to eternity. There are only two destinations before you. It will either be eternal joy in heaven or eternal sorrow in hell. Now that you have read this message you have come to a “crossroads” on your life’s journey. Which way will you go? What choice will YOU make? We read in, (Joshua 24:15) “Choose you this day whom ye will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. Will YOU make the right choice like Joshua? There is urgency about this matter. The choice needs to be now and the choice needs to be for the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Savior. Will YOU believe in Him and by a definite act of faith, receive Him as your own personal Savior? Please give this matter your most serious attention. Your eternal destiny depends on your decision and the choice YOU make.