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The World Has Many Choices; Eternity Has Only Two
THIS WORLD HAS MANY CHOICES; ETERNITY HAS ONLY TWO
God made man in His image and in His likeness. (Genesis 1:26) “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” One likeness is that man has the ability to make choices in life. Adam and Eve made the wrong one and introduced sin to humankind. (Romans 5:12) – “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” The Israelites were required to choose to serve or Baal or God. (I Kings 18:21) – “And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” Jesus invites mankind to come to him and He will give rest to all who decide to do so (Matthew 11:28 - 30). Our Lord also presents us two gates to enter and two ways to travel in this life (Matthew 7:13, 14). The choice an individual makes will determine the direction one will travel in this life and eventually where one will be in eternity. In this life we all make decisions small and great from day to day. Some of our decisions will bring joy to our heart while others cause sadness and unpleasant consequences. As long as a person has the mental ability and breath resides in his body, decisions can be made, but eventually the time will come when the capability to make choices will cease.
Eventually the spirit of man will take flight and the body dies (James 2:26). The spirit returns to God and the body goes back to dust from whence it came (Ecclesiastes 12:7). The power to choose where one will be in eternity is past. We will have no power to have control over matters. In life there is the ability to do things our way and to make decisions but not so in eternity. That has already been determined by the choice one made while living. In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus makes it very clear that now He is the only one who has the power to decide where one will be in eternity. To those who gave their lives to Jesus and served Him faithfully in life, they will hear this sweet invitation, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34), but to the majority who decided not to believe in and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, these terrible words will be heard, “Depart me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).
My dear friend if you will confess Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, He will confess you one day before His Father and the angels in heaven (Matthew 10:32-33). It is my prayer that you will decide to confess Him now because if you do not, there is coming a day in which all mankind will confess Him but then it will be too late (Philippians 2: 9-11) – “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
When Jesus comes again and sits on the throne of His glory, judgment will have begun. Then it will be the sheep or the goats, right or left, saved or lost, heaven or hell. Please make the choice to live for Jesus in this life if you have not already done so in order that you may live with Him in eternity. This is my earnest plea and prayer for you.
Adapted: Bro Raymond Elliott
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