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The most important decision I ever made in my life was my choice of putting my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord. Human life consists of a series of choices. Some decisions have great implications, such as choosing whether or not to marry, whom to marry, or what vocation to pursue in life. Some decisions carry enormous consequences. They may have immediate impact or a cumulative result. Even after coming to faith in Christ, believers face issues that require decisions. Our choices in these matters either draws us closer to the Lord or pull us away from Him. The Lord wants people to demonstrate courage by deciding to live in covenant relationship with Him through Christ and strengthen that decision by declaring their commitment to others.
There are many examples of great decisions being made in the Bible; consider Abraham’s response when God told him to pack up everything he had and go to a place “I will show you.” What would you or I do if we were told to move our families and all our worldly goods to some unknown destination that we would be told later? God did promise Abraham that he would be blessed in many ways — that he would be the father of a great nation, that He would make his name great and that all people on earth would be blessed through him.
(See Genesis chapter 12.)
Wow! That was quite a promise! In order for Abraham to do what God promised him he had to have faith in God — he had to believe Him and then make a life-changing decision. (See Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 8.) Another great example of one who believed in God and made great decisions was Jacob’s son, Joseph. God gave Joseph the ability to interpret dreams and as a result he was able to save his whole family. His brothers hated Joseph because he was loved by his father more than them.
They decided to kill him but instead sold him to a group of merchants, who took him to Egypt. He became so famous for his ability to tell the meaning of dreams that Pharaoh asked him to interpret a dream he had. (See Genesis, chapter 41.) The results of God’s blessings on Joseph brought all the Israelites to Egypt where they lived in comfort and plenty until Joseph and Pharaoh died, then they became slaves to Egypt. This is one of the most interesting stories in the Bible; please read the rest of the book of Genesis.
After 400 years of slavery in Egypt, God heard the cry of His people and sent Moses as His servant to free them and bring them out of bondage and into the promised land that He had given to Abraham. Moses was told by God, Who spoke to him out of a burning bush. Exodus, chapter 3, verse 10 says: “So now go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites out of Egypt.” Moses said to God, who am I that I should bring your people out of Egypt? Verse 12: “God said, I will be with you!” Moses, although reluctantly, finally agreed to go. He made the right decision and God blessed him and was with him in a mighty way the rest of his life.
Please read the book of Exodus for yourself — I know you will enjoy it!
Joshua was a great man of faith whom God appointed to lead the Israelites after the death of Moses. Can you imagine what courage it took for him to assume the leadership of Israel and to lead them to conquer the land of Canaan? In the book of Joshua, chapter 24, verse 15, Joshua said, “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” A decision we should all make.
Christians are to live in covenant relationship with the Lord and part of this agreement is to share the blessings of this life with others who do not know the Lord. I pray you will witness to people you feel are not saved and be a part of bringing them into relationship with the Lord Jesus.