Sunday, April 23, 2023

Make the Right Choices

By Edd Sterchi


    A miser who had worn the same hat for fifteen years decided with a heavy heart that is was time to buy a new one. Going into the only hat shop in the neighborhood, he said to the clerk, “Well, here I am again.” Decisions, decisions! We have to make them all the time. We will make a lot of choices in life and with each decision we make, let us remember this: Life has many choices – but eternity has only two.

    Think about it. Every choice we make either helps or hinders us concerning getting to heaven. Now, some decisions we make seemingly do not affect eternity, like whether to purchase a different car or not. But it still affects us in many ways: our financial condition affects much of our lifestyle which affects our lives which affects our spirituality. So, in a way, every decision potentially affects our eternity.

    Jesus talked about this when He said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” (Matt. 12:30). If we make decisions that do not involve Jesus and His will, then we make decisions that are against Him. We need to make every choice as if our eternal destiny was held in the balance – for it may very well be.

    Some people try to have it both ways or “straddle the fence” and think the decisions they make really don’t make that much of a difference one way or the other. But, in reality, that’s not possible. It’s always either one or the other. Jesus also said in Matt. 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” With every important decision we make, we are either serving God or Satan.

    So make every decision very carefully – your eternity may very well depend upon it. Yes, life has many choices, but eternity has only two. Keep that in mind the next time you have a decision to make.

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt. 7:13-14)

- Edd Sterchi preaches for the Broadway Church of Christ in Campbellsville, KY. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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