We are all in a pursuit of something. We all make choices based upon what we pursue. Romanus was a fourth-century Christian who was willingly tortured for his faith. Brutally beaten, hung naked from a tree, and gouged by iron hooks, he still confessed the honor and glory of Jesus. He declared that a young follower of Jesus in the crowd had more wisdom that any of the torturers, because the youth knew the true God. For his incessant preaching, even on the verge of death, Romanus’ tongue was cut out. He died a faithful witness.
That doesn’t happen in America (yet). We more often experience small moments of decision, those times when we are given a choice between Jesus Christ and the ways of the world. For some of us, it would be easier to choose Jesus if our lives were at stake than it is in the daily grind. But the choice is still required. In the little things and in the big things, day in and day out, we decide who will be The LORD in our lives.
In a world full of conflict, that is a crucial awareness to have. The spiritual war, however it manifests itself, compels us to ask: “Who will I serve?” When we compare all of the world philosophies and religions, the trends and the movements, the political causes and the economic interests, one LORD should stand above the rest. Jesus Christ, . . .
“He is the image of the invisible God.” (Colossians 1:15)
We always pursue an image, whether we realize it or not – the image of a celebrity, the image of a fad, the image of a generation, or perhaps the image of a certain status. The world is full of choices, but God has given us the image that is to always guide our lives as His children. Jesus Christ embodies God perfectly, and there is no one more worthy of our allegiance.
Let’s think about our daily choices. When life is hard, when faith is weak, when relationships are tense, or when injustice comes, We Have A Choice. We can believe what Jesus says about hope and heaven, the fruit of His Spirit, and the glory to come; or we can measure our experiences and base our decisions on lesser promises. The choice should be clear. The image of the invisible God is infinitely worthwhile.
Have a promising weekend. Make it better by worshiping The Lord with those who know they have been chosen by God; therefore their choices are influenced by their desire to please Him, and they choose well.
All For Jesus – Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)