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The Foundation of a Choice

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Choice is a powerful word. It comes into play when we are given the opportunity to select between two or more options. We can declare our independence from the control or input of others by our choices. We make many choices in any given day, many of them subconscious or inconsequential. However, it is true that many of our choices were probably greatly influenced by a former deliberate decision by ourselves or someone else.
As a child, our choices were largely determined by our parents for the first few years. As we grew, we became aware of other options by observing others. We also became aware by our own carnal nature that there were other behavior options such as saying no to a command, lying to cover what we did, or dominating another child to our wishes. While parental discipline was used to correct such behavior, we still knew about choice; the decision between obedience and gaining approval or disobedience and receiving discipline. As we got older, we were no longer under our parents’ direct supervision, and therefore they were not always able to see or comprehend our disobedience and were on our own to make a choice.
Young people face many brand-new areas in which they need to make choices. Much of this comes because youth face issues that they have not made decisions on in their life yet. It is at this time that many foundations are set in life.
First Corinthians 3:11 tells us our first choice should be faith in Jesus. If we begin with this foundation, our life will be built on that which is unchangeable and unmoving. After choosing salvation, we look at life with a new perspective. All choices made after that will be made with our commitment to Christ in mind. The Bible does not give exact answers to every situation in life, and while we value and endorse brotherhood agreements in the church, neither do these agreements always give complete direction for all of life. Therefore, many of life’s choices must be ours.
Choices that we make personally will battle against indecision, indifference, and instability. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah called the prophets of Baal into a contest. As the people looked on, Elijah asked them in verse 28, how long halt ye between two opinions? The indecision in their lives was causing much confusion and chaos. Elijah had a simple answer. Observe, and make a choice. As the people made a choice, they were then able to destroy the perpetrators of false worship.
Jesus taught a parable in Matthew 22 of the marriage supper. The invitation was spurned by the indifference in the lives of those invited. Making a choice to set priorities in life will help us focus on the most important things. As illustrated in the parable, attending, or not attending the wedding ended up being a choice between life and death. Things that we can see and feel can easily blind us. We can feel that tangible things are the most important and be indifferent to God’s work in our lives.
Instability carries the thought of deciding but not sticking to our decision or being easily swayed from it. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Eph 4:14). This verse tells us of the need for maturity in our thought process to be stable in our choices and also that we would not be focused on men and their opinions.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord (Jas 1:6). These verses teach us that instability can be caused by a lack of faith that God has the answers. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein (Heb 13:9). This passage teaches us that the grace of God in our lives gives us the divine enablement to be fixed in our hearts.
Choices that we work for, pray for and search the scripture for help build our foundation on Jesus. Grace and Holy Spirit guidance will give us the courage to move forward and make more choices. Needing to embrace and move forward on our choices will rivet them in our minds and provide us with building blocks for the future. When we can look back to such experiences and point to a time and place where we met a crossroads, we will not easily be moved from our goals in life.