The Choice that We ALL Have to Make Today
December 05, 2010
as I slept last night, the LORD showed me dreams about the choices that He
has set before each and every one of us today. As I awoke early this
morning and went into my prayer closet, His Spirit further spoke to me by
leading me to some passages in scripture that confirmed elaborated on what
I had dreamed.
We all have a choice to make today about the road that we will travel on.
And two choices are before us – the road that leads to destruction and the
road that heads to life. In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus outlined this important
choice as one of the concluding anchor points in His sermon on the mount.
As I re-read the sermon of the mount, I see this as one of the points at
the end where Jesus is building a case that says “in light of all that I
have just finished teaching you, THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.” And there
is the choice, these two roads that lead to two gates.
Broad is the way – Here is the thing, the broad way that leads to
destruction is super crowded with people, indeed most of us. Because of
our fallen nature, we have all been on that crowded road to destruction
until we chose to make a truly radical turn and take the narrow road where
there are very few people. For those of us on the broad road, it seems
like the right place to be… it is very comfortable, popular, and it just
feels good to us. But destiny of this road is destruction. Of the two
choices that are before us, this is the default choice.
The way that leads to the straight gate and life is described as “narrow.”
This means that it takes a deliberate choice to find it and a disciplined
life to stay on it. It is easy to stay on the broad path (verily all you
have to do is nothing). But on to stay on the narrow path takes discipline
that starts with choosing it. A great place in scripture that describes
this narrow way is Isaiah 35:8-10 where it is referred to as the “highway
to holiness.” Even though this narrow way requires discipline to stay on
it, through Isaiah the LORD says that there are no lions or ravening
beasts there (a reference to the enemy from 1 Peter 5:8). Once you are
truly on the narrow path and are the redeemed of the LORD, the enemy can’t
devour you. Also, verse 10 shows that those on this path are going to Zion
singing songs with everlasting joy and gladness (without any sorrow at
Back in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ next anchor point to conclude His
sermon warns us about false prophets who will come looking like saints,
but whose goal is to deceive and keep you on that broad road to
destruction. In verse 15 He describes the false prophets as “ravening
wolves”. Remember that from Isaiah 35 the LORD said that on the highway to
holiness there are no ravening beasts. Then the LORD gives us a remedy to
the deception of the false prophets in that we will know them by the fruit
that they produce.
Finally, Jesus issues a stark warning about the people on the broad road
when He says in Verses 21-23 that not everyone who calls Him Lord will
enter into His kingdom. Many will say have they not done many great works
for Him and He will say to them “I never KNEW you.” This is because they
were all along on the broad road. After this, Jesus punctuates His sermon
with an exclamation mark concluding with strong advice to us that we do
what He just said (especially the advice that we chose the strait gate).
He finishes with His famous example about those who hear His words and
heed them are wise and those who hear them and don’t are like a foolish
man who is destined for a great fall.
The choice – So each of us today must make a choice. Just as Joshua said
to the nation in Joshua 24:15 at the end of his time as leader, “choose
you this day who you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers
served that were on the other side of the flood (the gods of sin and
captivity and the worldly)… but as for me and my house, we will serve the
Just as Joshua did that day and also asked all of Israel to do, each and
every one of us today must also make a choice. There are only two choices,
the broad and the narrow. And just as Joshua went on to describe in
chapter 24, the result of that choice today will determine and verify what
road you are on and this will illustrate your destiny.
A CHOICE IS REQUIRED – We don’t have the option of saying I won’t choose
today or I will choose later. That in itself is also a choice. You see,
remember that the default choice is the broad road. In order to stay on
that road, we simply do nothing or remain passive. But to choose the
narrow road will require an active and disciplined choice. So in the end,
the decision NOT to choose is in fact a choice for the broad road.
Today is the day. Also in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said not to worry
about tomorrow because sufficient is the evil of today and we are not
promised tomorrow. Putting off this choice until tomorrow keeps us on the
road to destruction. Also Paul hit on this same point in Ephesians 5:15-20
when he warned us to redeem the time for the days are evil. We should not
walk as fools but be wise. Today is the day… salvation is here.
Beware brothers and sisters of our tendency to try to make this choice
based on reasoning it out in our own minds. The Spirit of the LORD has
shown me this in recent weeks that we can not make very important
decisions on our own or in our own
strength, but that we need Him. If we try on our own, we will simply
deceive ourselves and choose poorly. We will choose that which seems
right in our own eyes which will be the broad way every time. It is not
enough to just say the words (many do this deceiving themselves without
ever really changing). The LORD wants us to realize that we need to come to
the end of ourselves and ask Him to work with us to help us find our
way… to find the straight way… to find the way to Him… Jesus… The Way,
the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to Him on their own terms… only
those who are drawn by the Father and do not resist.
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