Day 77: I trust you, Lord. Choosing You. Matthew 6:19-24
Time and time again, God, through the authors of the Bible, has pleaded with people to make a choice. When He created us, He gave us the ability to make choices so it would make sense He would continue to push us to make a choice.
In 1 Kings 18:21, Elijah told the people that they needed to choose either God or Baal. The people said nothing. In 2 Kings 17:41, it says the inhabitants feared God but also worshipped the idols of the foreigners who came to live among them (sound like anyone you know…just going along with what others are doing). Don’t forget the plea to choose God (life) over death in Deuteronomy 30:19.
Choices…choices… choices… You would think there are so many of them but there are really only two: eternal life (Christ) or death (sin).
Matthew chapter 6 is a well-known chapter but you won’t be reading about praying (unless you decide to read more in the chapter). Instead, the focus is on ‘choice’. In verses 19-21, Jesus says to store your treasures in Heaven where they will be safe, not on earth where they are likely to be vandalized or stolen. In the next part, verses 22 and 23, it talks about the eyes. When you open your eyes, light comes in, refracts, and is shown upside down on the retina (right after the lens). Once here, the nerves send a signal to the brain to translate what is shown. If there is no right, the brain cannot do this translation. You can think of your eyes as the lamp of your body. Without this lamp, you would be in total darkness. Close them for a minute to prove the point. If you never open your eyes, you will never receive the light.
And Jesus said, For judgment, I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. John 9:39-41 KJV
Like preachers of Jesus’ time, many ‘believers’ are still blind. They refuse to see that their eyes are closed and therefore their sins remain. They continue to live each day in darkness, never knowing which way to turn. They make their decisions without spiritual guidance and continue in sin and call themselves righteous. They are blind. They have chosen to remain blind because they refuse to see.
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matthew 6:24 KJV
In Matthew 6, Jesus reminded the people to choose a side: God or mammon. Sure, mammon has been closely translated to have something to do with greed, but the point is, Jesus said to choose. Make a choice. Either open your eyes and choose life, or remain blinded, living in darkness and sin. It’s your choice.
Seeing in righteousness,
Keiyia Joyet George
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