The Challenges, Choices and Consequences of Life

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season
— Hebrews 11:24-25

Life is full of choices. Every day we are faced with making choices. Some are important and some not so important. What you decide to eat for breakfast and what you decide to wear will not have any long-lasting after-effects in life. But there are other decisions you make daily that are very important, like who you will marry and what career path you take. And by far, the most important choice of all is whether you will follow Jesus.

 

Decision making can be called the challenges, choices, and consequences of life. Every day we face challenges. Let me give you an example. Sometimes our challenges will come in the form of an opportunity that we can take advantage of. Then there are other times they will come in the form of a temptation that hopefully we'll resist. Then we have the choices we will make. And then we have the consequences of those choices. If we have made the right choices, there will be good consequences. If we have made the wrong choices, there will be bad consequences.

 It is so very important that we make the right choices in life because it can affect the entire course that our lives take. All we have to do to see this is to look in the Bible. Think about people in the Bible who made certain choices. Moses made a choice to help his fellow Hebrews. He chose that over the riches and power of Egypt, and his choice saved a nation. Daniel's choice not to compromise brought great hope and encouragement to so many, which set a course that affected their lives.

 But then there were wrong choices that people made. Adam's choice cost him paradise. Esau's choice cost him his birthright. King Saul's choice cost him his kingdom. Judas's choice cost him his apostleship and his very life. Pilate, Agrippa, and Felix—all Roman leaders and the wrong choices and missed eternity with Christ.

 The choices of life are binding in eternity. You will make choices today that will affect you forever. The old saying, “you make your decisions, and then your decisions make you” is true. Choosing Jesus as Savior is the greatest choice a person can make. But it doesn’t stop there. We must choose to serve him. We must choose His way over our way and His Word over the Worlds views. God Bless!