Growing up in the Christian Church, I was told all of my life that “The Ultimate Right Choice” is a decision to accept the invitation to be in relationship with God so you can go to heaven after you die. Believe me, I want to go to heaven after I die; but, somehow, if that’s all there is to life and living that seems to sell God short. Besides, most of us don’t die immediately after making that choice. So, what about life down here until we die.
The scriptures teach us that God’s plan for us our lives is much broader the one time made “The Ultimate Right Choice.” In Jeremiah 29:11 God says, “For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord, “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” In John 10:10, Jesus says, “I come that you might have life and have life more abundantly.” Discovering the plan and purpose God has for our lives will help us to live life abundantly.
How? I suggest there just might be a “Second Ultimate Right Choice,” (an oxymoron I know, but bear with me.) This Second Ultimate Choice is learning to accept what God says about you rather than what others say including family, peers and friends. That’s what is really needed to discover God’s plan and purpose for your life, and to live life abundantly.
We tend to believe of ourselves what the most important person in our life says about us. So, with “The Ultimate Right Choice,” make God the most important person in your life. Then believe what God’s word says about you as your “Second Ultimate Right Choice.” A good place to start is believing, as David did of himself in Psalm 139:14, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful. I know that full well.”
Join us at Covenant this Sunday for worship. I will be preaching how to better understand “The Ultimate Right Choice” based on Matthew 13:24-30.