Everyday, we are presented with a choice to make. Are we going to follow God with our whole heart or be more selective by choosing to follow certain commands while ignoring others? No one person can make you choose the right decisions. However, as a Christian, one must understand the truths that come along with it.
Yes, Christians are free; free from condemnation along with maintaining the ability to use our free will as we walk with God. But this ability is the very reason Jesus Christ had to suffer and die for our sins. As you know, we do not choose to do what is right all of the time. This is how sin creeps into our lives. Not only it is sin against God, but our own sins often lead to our own demise and negatively impacts the lives of other people.
Therefore, when God commands us not to do something, it is not simply because He is God, using His authority to tell us what to do. He is looking out for our best interests and the best interests of others. Although many of us realize this, it is still difficult to follow all of His commandments. In our hearts, the tug-of-war between good and evil continues long after the day we first decided to give our lives to Christ.
Consequently, those who do not believe in God have clearly seen our struggles, which has damaged our ability to witness to them. Yet, this is one of the main reasons God has called us.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself…” – 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)
Let us be reminded that when we gave our lives to God, we gave our lives to God. In other words, our trust in God’s judgement and ability to make good decisions better than our own ability led us to give Him total control over our lives. As we follow Him, He uses us as His vessels and instruments, His hands and feet, His voice to speak, not our own. It is an honor to be an ambassador for the Creator of the entire universe. It should be a position we take seriously enough to choose to do what is right, even when we do not want to.
The image, JCMirror, is a visual representation of this thought. Make the choice to be a better reflection of who Jesus really is in your family, in your community, and in your work place. Because if we are the only glimpse of Christ people get to see on this side of Heaven, we will do them a disservice if we are not representing Him accurately. Their blood will be on our hands.