Decisions and choices are things we are inevitably faced with daily, for example, what to wear, whether to go in to work or not, etc.
Today, there is a choice that you and I have to make, the choice of whether to live a life with God or not, and no one can make this choice for you. Only you can make this decision. The pastor cannot choose for you, your loved ones or family cannot decide for you. You have to choose how you will conduct your life because that choice influences your reality. It’s not enough just to say that you are making this choice – your actions must truly show it.
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1)
There were three main attributes that Job had that made him stand out: he was blameless, he feared God, and he shunned evil. Job was always searching for ways to be blameless; he did what he could to avoid staining his character. How often can we say that we strive for perfection? Of course, we are not perfect and will never be, but what is the harm in striving for it? This is what it means to be blameless and upright.
Fearing God isn’t about saying “God will strike me with lightning”. No! Godly fear is obedience to God’s direction and being aware that in our actions, thoughts and speech, God is there.
Finally, shunning evil is not allowing anything to jeopardise your communion and relationship with God. Removing things from your life that add no benefit to your spiritual wellbeing with God is also shunning evil.
What choice will you make today? Will you live a life with God or not? You decide.