Summary: Choices – are important The choices we make on a daily basis shows what type of character we have The reasons we make the choices shapes our character. Choices are born from the principles we embrace. The philosophy of our lives dictates the direct
THE Seed From which Our Choices Grow;
Choices for Eternity
Choices – are important
The choices we make on a daily basis shows what type of character we have
The reasons we make the choices shapes our character.
Choices are born from the principles we embrace.
The philosophy of our lives dictates the direction of our choices.
People in the bible who made choices and the bases for these choices
Objective: Let God’s kingdom be priority in our lives and our choices will reflect it.
Everyday we make choices, simple choices:
Watch a movie or not
Stay or leave
Drive faster or Drive slower or even continue to drive at the speed you’re driving at.
Walk away or fight.
Each of these decisions say a little bit about us and each one of them is tied to an underlying seed which informs our choices.
There was a little Canadian bird who decided not to fly south for the winter. “If other animals can stay,” he reasoned, “why can’t I.” Against the better advise of his elders the little bird stubbornly decided to stay.
Very soon, however, he realized his mistake. The winter cold arrived with such force that the little bird had to fly south. But things didn’t turn out well. During the flight, a freezing rain began to fall, and the little bird’s wings started to freeze. A moment later, the little bird crashed into a grain elevator.
No sooner had the little bird fallen down to the ground, when a cow emptied her intestines all over him. Disgusted, he complained, “This is all I need! I’m freezing to death in this strange place, and now this!” He was resigned to die, when after several minutes, he discovered that his body was warming. The heat of the manure was melting his frozen wings, and the little bird began singing with happiness.
What the little bird didn’t imagine was that his song would attract the local farm cat, “Isn’t that the song of a little bird?” asked the cat, surprised, “I thought all of them had flown south.” The cat went to confirm his suspicions, and sure enough, there was the little bird! The cat carefully cleaned the cow manure off the little bird, and then he ate it.
This bird was ruled by the “I principle”. He was stubborn and rebellious. Out of this seed was born his choice to stay. As expected he reaped the consequences of his decision. Every decision has consequences whether they be good or bad.
The choices that you make can cause you your life.
The choices that we make each day reflect our character.
They do not determine our character.
The principle which govern our choices;
The seed from which our choices grow ;
The principles which we embrace;
The philosophy on which we run our lives;
These are the things which shape our character
These are the things which determine our final destiny!
Let us turn in our bibles to Matt. 7: 21-23
Mat. 7: 21-29 ¶Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
There is something wrong with this picture. Jesus says in one breath Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Then in another he says that many will confess that they have done many wonderful works, they have cast out devils and prophesied but yet he will tell them I never knew you!
Isn’t this, what the Father would have us to do, cast out demons and do many wonderful works in his name? Yet these are cast out and the works are called works of iniquity!!
What is wrong with this picture?
Once upon a time God sent Samuel to anoint him king of the sons of Jesse. And as he looked upon Jesse’s sons it is reported 1Sam. 16:6,7… he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORD’S anointed is before him. 7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Again when God called the Israelite to give gifts for the building of the sanctuary he asked of those who was of “a willing heart.”