“The Greatest Choice You Will Ever Make”




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 9:27) “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 1:15) “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 Egypt.  He was the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter and thus brought up as an Egyptian prince.  How could he make such a choice, to take sides with the slave nation of Israel and all their severe persecution in exchange for a life of wealth and riches in the royal palace?  Many would say there was really no decision to be made and that the choice was very clear.  Who would possibly choose slavery over the opulence of the royal palace?   Let us notice two things about this incident in the life of Moses.  First, the choice he did not make and secondly, the choice he did 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 treasures of Egypt.  Unlike Moses, multitudes are pursuing worldly success and prosperity while at the same time neglecting eternity and the well being of their own soul.  The Bible, the Word of God, reminds us in, (Mark 8:36) “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and loose his own soul”? “Or what shall a man give in exchange for his own soul”?  Dear reader, is this a description of YOU, to gain as much of this world as you possibly can?  I know you cannot gain the whole world but you can certainly lose your own soul while pursuing wealth and success.  Your soul is of incomparable value and it would be a bad bargain indeed, if you lost your soul while pursuing worldly success and riches.  Your eternal security depends on you making the right choices and therefore not making the wrong choices.  Are YOU choosing your own way through life instead of God’s way?  God says in, (Isaiah 66:3, 4) “They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations”.  When I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that which I delighted not”.  God is calling YOU to repent of your sins and to receive the salvation He is offering as a free gift through His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  It says in, (Romans 6:23) “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.  Many today are ignoring God’s call and offer of salvation.  To these God issues a warning in His Word, (Proverbs 1:24-31) “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:  They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.  Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices”.  This scripture portion reminds us that it is a serious mistake to reject God’s call to come to Him for salvation and to make the wrong choice to “not choose the fear of the Lord”.  We read in, (Romans 3:18) “There is no fear of God before their eyes”.  This is true of most people today.  Is this true of YOU?


Let’s consider next;


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;

  1. He “considered the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt”. (Hebrews 11:26a)
  2. “He had respect unto the recompense of the reward” (Hebrews 11:26b)

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 Calvary.  We read in, (Hebrews 2:14, 9) “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same”.  “We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man”.  We mention again, (1 Timothy 1:15) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”.  In order to provide salvation for sinful man He would have to go to the cross.  He came to die.  We read in, (Philippians 2:8) He was, “Obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”.  It says of Him in, (Isaiah 53:7) “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth”.  In His obedience and humility He was blindfolded, buffeted and beaten.  He was reviled, reproached and rejected.  It was written prophetically, (Psalm 69:9) “The reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me”.  The reproach the Lord Jesus suffered was due to His zeal for God.  This causeless hostility and reproach came from sinful men who had no regard for God and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  But, Christ not only suffered at the hands of sinful man, He also suffered, on the cross, at the hands of a Holy God.  The wrath and judgment of God was poured out upon Him when God made His soul and offering for sin.  We read in, (Romans 4:25) “He was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification”.  The gospel, the good news of God is that which we read in, (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures”.  Death and the grave could not hold the Savior for He was the holy, spotless, sinless Son of God.  The resurrection of Christ and His subsequent ascension back to heaven are truths found throughout the Bible, the Word of God.  To Moses, and any other man of faith, adversity suffered for Christ is greater than worldly prosperity.   Moses saw that being connected with the reproach of Christ was greater riches than were in all the treasures of Egypt.   It also says of Moses “He had respect unto the recompense of the reward” (Hebrews 11:26b).  In faith he weighed the riches of Christ against the treasures of this world and esteemed the former greater than the latter.  He knew what every believer comes to know, that when one is a child of God, they become heirs; “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ”. (Romans 8:17).  The Psalmist could say, (Psalm 119:173) “I have chosen thy precepts”.  He said also, (Psalm 119:30) “I have chosen the way of truth”.  It is a wise person that makes these same choices.  It is a wise person who chooses the Word of God as their guide and chooses “the way of truth” as their means of salvation.  The Lord Jesus Christ is “the way of truth”.  We read in, (John 14:6) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father, but by me”. 


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 1:19, 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 12:18) “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 16:31) “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.


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