This week I will be focusing on what Christ offers us, he always give us the decision to choose. Everything we do, we do it out of choice, whether we realised it or not, your life is determined from the choices you make.
We live in a generation of choice, we are overwhelmed with choice so much so that we can easily be spoilt for choice when choosing something. We have numerous amounts of television programmes to choose from, online shopping has vastly increased that when we can’t get something we want from one place we are confident to be able to obtain it from a different store. It has got so bad that this mentality of being spoilt for choice has began to cloud our judgement. Sometimes we are unaware whether something is bad for us until we are given that ample choice statement of… ‘’you can try this instead of that’’ or ‘’if you buy this instead you get quality over quantity’’. When we get to that place, we then realise that we have been given a choice to make, you either choose good or you choose bad.
Whatever it is you choose, make sure you understand the consequences of the choice.
There are many examples throughout the Bible that God grants us choice. John 10:10 tells us ‘’the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Christ comes to give you life and for you to have life more abundantly’’. This is an example of choice as we are told that we can choose to stay with the thief but choosing that comes with the consequence of stealing, killing and destruction whereas if we choose Christ, we have a release of life and we have that life in the fullest.
The main focus of this post is Isaiah 61:4, there are many choices that we have on how we want to live our lives and the way that we want to be seen.
- Beauty instead of ashes
- Oil of joy instead of mourning
- Garment of praise instead of a disheartened spirit
The fundamental word in all these verses, is ‘’instead’’. We can choose beauty instead of ashes, the beauty that we choose is in what God gives us. We can walk around with the radiant glow knowing whose we are and who we are according to what Christ says about us. This beauty will draw others towards you so that you can minister to them about Christ. They will see what you have and they will pull towards wanting what you have so much that they will want this for themselves.
God gives us a choice here, we can take what is from God and find this beauty, have an oil of joy and to be dressed in a garment of praise. Now, saying that we will gain these things is one thing but actually believing that you will have these things is a different stance. These things will not easy and they are not a quick fix, they need to be a long lasting feature in our lives. There are going to be times where we don’t feel like we have any of these things but this is where the renewing of our minds comes in. You have to train your mind to think the things of God so that you see yourself just as the scripture says.
Let me challenge you to make an ‘’instead’’ choice this week.
Peace & Love