Every person on the planet—whether they realise it or not—has made a choice about God. There are only two ways to decide, but many ways that decision can be made.
- Ignorance—some people’s choice has been taken out of their hands. By not knowing about God, sadly, their choice is against Him.
- Misinformation—some people make their choice about God based on hearsay. They don’t really know the truth for themselves and trust in the word of another, whether right or wrong. Again, sadly, many make a choice against God because they believed a single person’s opinion over the actual Word of God.
- Fact—I personally know people who have weighed all the facts and still made a choice against God. It is a conscious decision to reject the Lord.
- Personal desires— some are under the impression that a life lived for God is boring and useless and too costly, so they reject Him.
- Truth—there are those still, who know and understand the truth of the Word of God and accept it.
No matter what we choose or how our choice is made, we do make the choice and there are consequences either way.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.
Romans 6:23 (NIV)
At the end of his life, Joshua gathered Israel together for one final pep rally. He recounted all that God had done in bringing them out of Egypt and into the land of promise. He closed with this:
Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods you forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, of the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
For Israel, the consequences of rejecting God to serve other gods was dire. Along the way from Egypt to Canaan, He made it pretty clear how things would go for them if they went against Him.
If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make and end of you, after he has been good to you.
Joshua 24:20 (NIV)
Now, we are no longer under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). God is not going to smite us should we refuse His gift of salvation. No, we bring ruin upon ourselves.
Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slave, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Romans 6:16 (NIV)
No matter what choice we make, we must be prepared to live (or die) with the consequences. But, so long as there is breath in your lungs, it is never too late to make a declaration like Joshua: But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
Read: Joshua 23-24 Luke 6:27-49