July 2013

CHOICES

Francis Sunderaraj

When we make the right choices, we experience God’s manifold blessings.

“I have received a lot of good advice in my life. Near the top of the list is the wise observation from a friend, ‘Life is not made by dreams that you dream but by the choices that you make.’ He is right! Your life today is the sum total of all the choices you have made up to this point. The apostle Paul gave similar advice in Philippians 1:10, when he said, ‘Approve the things which are excellent.’ In any given situation, we have a whole continuum of choices, ranging from really rotten choices, to choices that are good, and then to those which are excellent. God wants to move us across the continuum, past our natural impulses, all the way to excellent choices. Often it is challenging to make the most excellent choice, especially if there are not many others joining us. Sometimes it may feel as if our desires and freedom have been suppressed" (Daily Bread).

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus emphasises the need to make right choices:

1. Two treasures (Matt.6:19-21). A) Earthly. It is not permanent and there is a danger of becoming a slave to it. B) Heavenly. Building up your character, investing in people and dealing with life in the light of eternity.

2. Two visions (Matt.6:23). a) Good. It enables you to be generous in attitude and action. b) Bad. It makes your mind filled with prejudice, jealousy and self-centredness.

3. Two masters (Matt.6:24). a) Money. "The love of money is the root of all evil." b) God. "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

4. Two gates (Matt.7:13,14). a) The broad gate. Easy, and many go through it. But it leads to destruction. b) The narrow gate. Hard, and very few go through it. But it leads to life in abundance.

5. Two houses (Matt.7:24-27). a) Built on the rock, the word of God. It is solid and unshakeable. b) Built on the sand. Your own self and selfishness. Cannot withstand the storms of life.

How true it is that when we make the right choices, we experience His manifold blessings in our lives.

Editorial: THINK OR BELIEVE? - Jacob Ninan

CAREERS AND JOBS - Shantanu Dutta

CHOICES - Francis Sunderaraj

THE CROSS AND THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP - Peter Pothen

GOD’S EXCHANGE RATE - J. R. Jayabalan

SPIRITUAL NEW BIRTH AND CHRISTIAN GROWTH - P. Samuel Manoharam

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