I’m not much of a gamer, but I like the story-based games where you’re given different choices to choose from, and you receive different consequences to the decisions you’ve made. Sometimes you don’t like the consequences so then you restart the game from your last save, and pick a different choice for a better ending.
Unfortunately in reality, you can’t erase your actions like from a game, but you can try again.
We serve a God that forgives us from our mistakes and we have the opportunity to turn our lives around. Yet we still have to face the consequences of our choices. Maybe you didn’t really care about your grades so now you can’t get into your dream college school, or you did something illegal and now you’re getting a charge for it, or you broke your parents’ trust and now they’re unsure if they could ever believe you. Choices don’t just matter in video games, but they matter in real life too.
I have good news though. I mentioned earlier how God forgives us. Well, God also redeems us and can use something broken of ours and turn it into something beautiful.
“This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.”
Our choices matter, but they don’t define us. God does, and He says we are His forever and nothing could separate us from His love (Romans 8:31-39). Knowing this truth, we shouldn’t take this as a ‘free pass’ to do whatever we want because God will love us anyways. No, in fact we are commanded to make choices that bring honor to God.
“Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”
As our church joins together to do the 21 day fast, be in prayer about what holds you back or desensitizes you to God’s word or presence, and abstain from it. This is definitely a choice you won’t regret as you grow closer to your Heavenly Father, and learn His greater purpose for you.
- Jasmine Gutierrez -