The Options – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:34-39
Key Verse: Matthew 10:38
“…and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
Years ago, a very popular show on TV did a good job symbolizing life—both are full of choices. “Deal or No Deal” was the name of this show and I want to use it as an icon for this month’s theme. The contestants on this show must choose to take the money they’ve been offered or continue the game to win more, chancing that they might lose it all. Over and over the host of the show will call them by name and ask: “Deal or no deal?”
God created this world and all of its living creatures, including mankind. When it came to us, God went a step further. He breathed His breath of life into us. This act of God gave us an ever-living Spirit with a free moral choice; mankind had the ability to choose. When Jesus came to earth, He walked among us to show us a better way to live. Ultimately, God’s plan for our salvation from sin meant Jesus would pay the price for our sin on the cross. From that point on, every person had a choice: accept or reject God’s offer of salvation. The devil steps in and creates hundreds of options. He offers immediate gratification for life’s desires. Every person is faced with the choice: God or these other options created by the evil one.
Can we prove God exists? Can we know, beyond all doubt, what is in the “case” after we die? Faith in God is a choice and God is asking: “Deal or no deal?”
Father, I choose you and want to learn more of you. Let this new year be a year of growth and abundance in my spiritual resources! In Jesus’ Name, amen.