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Choose a relationship with Jesus and have the ‘best part’

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Life is full of choices. We choose daily different directions and options – everything from the color of the shirt we will wear to what we will eat for dinner.

Everything in life is a choice, and everything we do is based on a decision. As we grow older, we sense the importance of making the right decisions. God gives us an open-book test; this life comes with an instruction manual called the Bible.

Scriptures call us to give heed to their direction for life. Joshua 24:15: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods that your fathers served, that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”

Life is like that; everything requires us to make decisions and choices. Spiritual growth requires change and commitment, as you commit to following the Lord Jesus you move from that decision into becoming a disciple.

Saying you choose to follow God and walking it out are two very different things. God is very patient with his children; he knows we are going to make mistakes and sometimes sin, but he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins.

All we must do is repent and turn from that sin. God tells us in Deuteronomy 30:19: “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life that your descendants may live.”

Your choice to follow Jesus and his word will bless you, and your children and grandchildren. There is a story in the Bible (Luke 10:38-42) about two sisters, Mary and Martha, who both loved Jesus and supported his ministry.

Jesus came by their house and found out that these two sisters had very different priorities. Mary would seat herself at the feet of Jesus and would listen to his teachings, while Martha, overly occupied and busy, was distracted with much serving.

Martha complained to Jesus that her sister would not help with the chores. Jesus replied, “Martha, Martha you are anxious and troubled about many things, but there is only need of one or only a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion (part), which will not be taken away from her.”

Once you have made the decision to grow and follow Jesus, there will be obstacles, distractions and everyday affairs in life to overcome.

Mary chose the best part – a relationship with him. Let’s learn from Mary and Martha – we need to put him first, but choosing the good portion. That is the best. Put Jesus first and let the rest follow.

As for choices – make sure you base them on God’s word, and you will have chosen the good part, our Lord and Savior Jesus.

 

Pat Butcher is pastor of the Family Worship Center in Carrollton.