Dear church,

Everyone must make a choice about Jesus Christ – to accept him or to reject him. On our last day, that choice will loom larger than mountains.

God’s people were expected to follow him, but that didn’t mean they were forced into a relationship with God. They could choose to forsake him and seek other things to worship. Even in the Promised Land, they could choose another path. The fact that the people of Israel eventually did choose another path is one of the great tragedies in history. 

Looking east from the Promised Land, they would have had the mountain of blessing on their right and the mountain of cursing on their left. The leftward course led to 

“gods that you have not known.” The rightward course led to the sweetest of joys – “No one shall be able to stand against you.”

The choice seems simple, if you believe what you read in the Bible and distrust what you hear from the world. But many people try to believe both – or to disbelieve both. And many try to avoid making a choice. They want to walk between those mountains always. 

A rich young man once asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life (Mark 10:17-22). The man went away from Jesus sorrowful because he was presented with a choice. He found something on the right hand and something on the left. 

The rich young man clearly preferred not to have to make a choice.

If you could go back to the beginning and make your choice, what would it be? Would you choose Jesus all over again? And are you living today as if you have chosen Him and Him alone?


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