Wise Decisions

W. Terry Varner
September 13, 2015

People in life work with various materials that are valuable; i.e. a stone mason works with brick and stone, a carpenter works with lumber and other building materials, a jeweler works with gold. All of these materials are very costly and the worker must make wise decisions when working with them.

The most costly material with which man works is his soul because it is made in the image of God (cf. Genesis 1:26-27), because man sinned (cf. Romans 3:23), and because the soul’s redemption cost the blood of Jesus Christ. “What know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 16:19-20).

In our travels, both literal and spiritual, we come to forks in the road. When we travel literally we must choose the right road to get to our destination. If we choose the wrong road we will not get to where we have planned. In our spiritual travels we must choose the right road to get to our destination of heaven. Every hour we live, we make decisions where to go, what to do, what to say, how to do something, with whom we are going to do something, etc. Our choices, whether we are traveling the literal road or the spiritual road, will either take us where we want to go or get us lost. We must be wise in our decisions as we travel.

We must choose whom we serve. Joshua reminds Israel “choose you this day whom you will serve . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). We are confronted daily in choosing to serve God. In many ways all other decisions will be influenced by our decision in relation to God. “Whom we serve” is a decision between right and wrong, between good and evil, and between God and Satan. The choice is between misery, sadness., and disappointment on the one hand, and on the other hand happiness, success, blessings and victory with God. Joshua reminds Israel, “If you forsake the Lord . . . then He will turn and do you hurt (Joshua 24:20).

We must choose the old path. Jeremiah says “the old path” is “the good way and when we “walk therein” we “shall find rest for your soul (Jeremiah 6:16). This verse teaches the authority of God’s Word and the importance of each individual heeding His Word. Christianity is not some new-fangled religious way developed and determined by man. The doctrine and principles of Christianity have been with us since the first century and they are unchanging! We must walk the identical old path” set forth in the New Testament which is described as “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3).

We must choose our eternal destiny. When we are ushered out of this life, which we all enjoy, we have already determined where we will spend our eternity—heaven or hell. Jesus reminds us: “Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few there Be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

Your decision as to where you spend eternity will help you make other decisions in life. All choices and decisions are far-reaching in their results. They affect you and others, both now and in eternity. We must choose the right way.