I’m sitting here trying to decide what to do with my time. From college homework, to writing, to wanting to go to bed because it’s been a long day, I can often be found looking at my to do list thinking more about how I don’t want to do something. Typically it takes more time for me to procrastinate than it does for me to actually do the task.
But some tasks take some real brain power and if I am unable to find my motivation I often feel like what I am doing isn’t my best work. So then I’m left with the choice to either tackle something on my to do list, or find a way to waste time like check up on twitter or Facebook.
I honestly don’t think there is anything wrong with wasting time in order to unwind after a long day, or if we are needing some sort of entertainment. I think we can all get a little too judgmental when it comes to how other people choose to spend their time, so please be assured this is not going to be a lecture on whether or not you should be on Facebook.
The point of this devotional is that we always have a choice. The fact is God gave you that choice and nobody can really take that away from you. If you choose to do something more likely than not you are going to do it.
The fact that we have a choice is a reflection of God’s love for us, and can also be a reflection of our love towards God. But most of all, I feel like it has always been and will always be a reflection of God’s love for us.
So often we can get caught up in how we can show God that we love Him. I’m a firm believer that the question has never been does God love us. The question has always been do we love God?
However, I also think God isn’t necessarily looking for us to do something simply because “He said so.” I think He wants us to love Him sincerely from the heart.
I feel that can only be done once we realize we have a choice, and the love that freedom of choice reflects from God. Even to this day we have a choice as to whether or not we will accept Christ into our lives. It was never forced upon us, just like obedience was never forced upon us in the garden of Eden.
God gave us a choice.
Jesus gave us a choice.
Why doesn’t everyone go to heaven? Well, everyone can, if they choose to!
This advent season I am thinking about the choices I have in this season in my life. Not only in this season, but also in this moment. Although I do not believe my works will lead to my salvation, because only through Jesus am I saved.
However, I do know that my choices matter and could very easily have an effect on my eternity and the eternity of those around me.
Today I’m choosing to do my to do list. But most of all I’m choosing not to be judgmental of someone that chooses something different than me because their choice has been given to them by God.
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Our faith begins with what we know and believe about God. Our faith will carry us how far we are willing to let it take us. Faith is a choice and we need to begin by choosing to believe in Jesus and His power to move mountains, heal the sick, and save us from all our sins through His sacrifice on the cross.