If you turn left, you choose life and if you turn right you choose death.
Before Israel entered the Promised land, Moses challenged them to choose between good and evil, between life or death. He urged them to choose life so that they and their descendants could live.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! 20 You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:19–20 NLT)
Choice is Obvious or Is It?
To choose life is the obvious choice, after all who wants death? But is it?
When you inspect the two roads you see that they are not the same, the choice is not just between two words, life and death; there is more to it. The road to the right is a beautiful broad, golden path, easy to travel. You can’t see far down the road but you assume the rest of the road will be the same. Then you realize that the road ends rather abruptly at the edge of a cliff. You watch people walk down the road, how their pace increase until they run at full speed. Touching the surface of the road you notice it is covered with a soapy layer, enabling you to move quickly but also preventing you from stopping when you reach the edge.
The road to the left is narrow and difficult to travel. There are obstacles and potholes in the road you will have to overcome. It is definitely a more challenging route to take with smooth and rough parts on the road. The road continues, it seems forever, until it disappears from your sight.
The choice between life and death involves more than your life on earth. This is an eternal choice you make every day, every hour, with every choice. How you choose will influence your eternal future. The wrong choice sometimes feels like the right choice because it is the road of least resistance, the easier alternative. It is the choice that your eyes lusts after, your body desires, your thoughts are filled with, the choice that brings instant pleasure with long term repercussions.
Are all the right choices difficult choices? No, of course not. Life is joy and filled with God’s blessings. God’s grace and love supports you and help you overcome the potholes and obstacles on life’s road.
Jesus is Life
When you choose Jesus Christ, you chose life. Jesus encouraged Martha and he is encouraging you today.
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25 NLT)
Jesus told the people, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me.” (John 10:28 NLT)
All the choices you make are not made in isolation, it affects the people around you. Every choice has a ripple effect. But in the end, when your time is done on earth, your choices determines your eternal future. Do you choose life or death?
You hear a desperate call for help and when you look to the right you see how a man is rescued before he disappears over the edge of the cliff down into the eternal darkness. All is not lost when making wrong choices in life. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and he rose again. He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, interceding daily for you. The moment you change your mind and make the right choice, Jesus is there to grab you out of the jaws of eternal death.
What do you choose? Choose life!