A Study on Discernment

Decisions, Decisions

Our devotion today may feel a little different from what we’ve been doing these past few weeks. The following is from my own morning devotion time and I feel it is a fitting word for us as we draw to the close of our study on discernment.

This morning there is just one verse I would like us to consider.

For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit (1 Peter 3:18)

Points to Ponder

  • Sin and righteousness.
  • Just and unjust.
  • God’s throne and man’s throne.
  • Life and death.
  • Spirit and flesh.

Something to Think About

All these points are choices that every man and woman must make. We may not realize it but each choice is a decision for what master we will serve; the Lord of Light (John 1:4) or the prince of darkness (Ephesians 2:2).

Two thousand years ago Jesus made a choice. Had He not been willing, had He walked away from Calvary, which He could have chosen to do, (John 10:17-18) we would all be condemned to an eternity of sin, injustice, worldliness, the suffering of rotting flesh, and unyielding death. It is only because Jesus suffered in His flesh the evil things of this life that you and I have a choice at all.

As I consider each option I can’t help but wonder, why would anyone choose evil, injustice, worldliness, death, rotting flesh – eternity in hell – when they could enjoy the glory of serving a loving God? Why would anyone reject the gift of heaven that Christ’s sacrifice affords all who will accept? And yet, so many do. Could it be that they don’t know they have a choice? Is it possible that no one has told them that there is something better, something wonderful? Could it be no one has ever told them about Jesus?

©2022 Sandra Bivens Smith

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