Choose Life! - Monday, February 17, 2020
WORD FROM THE CENTER: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2020
Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, with reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verses are Deuteronomy 30:15-18a, where Moses says,
See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish.
If one could simplify the message of the Bible, it could be summarized this way: God created and redeemed you because He wants you to have life, and have it abundantly and eternally in Him. In the garden of Eden, God wanted Adam and Eve to experience the fullness of eternal life in and through Him. In the ministry of Moses in our text today, he reminds the people of Israel that God is ultimately calling them to the fullness of life in Him. And in the person and work of Jesus, God puts that full life on display so that we all might truly have life in Him.
Unfortunately, life is under attack in our culture today. Instead of cherishing life, many try to exploit it for their own purposes. Abortion, infanticide, human trafficking, and assisted suicide are things that were generally unheard of years ago, but now they are even being applauded by some in our culture. Yet life is a precious thing. Your life is a precious thing. When God is the author, the creator, and the redeemer of your life, then your life has purpose, it has value, it has direction. That’s what Moses is offering in today’s reading.
“Choose life,” he says. Let me remind you that the people to whom Moses was speaking had already seen God’s miraculous rescue of them from the slavery of Egypt. They had seen the waters of the Red Sea parted so that they might escape, so that their enemies would be defeated, and so that they might be free to live in God’s presence and protection. “Choose life” is not so much of an offer, as it is an invitation to accept the life that had already been won and delivered to them as a gift. We see that most clearly in God’s gift of life to us in Christ. It’s comes as an invitation from the one who has already chosen you through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
So, today, I challenge you to begin to look at your life through the fullness of life which Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again to give you. Look at life from His eternal perspective. Look at life from His merciful perspective. Look at life from His moral perspective. And, ultimately, look at your life from His gracious perspective.
I love this quote about life from Mother Teresa:
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.
So, choose life? Yes! In the context of the entire Bible, we could expand that phrase this way: SINCE GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU, SINCE GOD HAS PAID THE PRICE FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS, LIFE AND SALVATION, SINCE GOD HAS MADE THIS LIFE AVAILABLE TO YOU BY THE POWER OF HIS SPIRIT, TRUST IN HIM, YES, AND LIVE THAT LIFE FOR ALL ITS WORTH!
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, give me the eyes of faith and the courage of love to live life boldly in Your name for others. Let me cherish life for all its worth so that others might see their life as precious in You too. AMEN.
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