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Devotional - week of December 25, 2011


TAKE YOUR CHOICE

 

And Elijah came to all the people, and said, "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people answered him not a word. 1 Kings 18:21

 

Even though the people of Israel were serving other gods, these famous words of Elijah show that some were trying to serve the true God while also serving a false god. In modern times one trying to live this kind of life is described with the words, “He is straddling the fence.”  These are the ones who need to decide if they will walk with God or live in the world.

 

We often hear or read the words, “There is so much of the world in our churches that one cannot know which side some of the church members are on.”

 

 

For the sake of the cause of Christ, those straddling the fence need to choose one side and go there. They may not realize how much they are hurting the cause of Christ. Some unsaved friend or relative may be saying of them, “If that is Christianity, I want no part of it.” Because of the hypocrisy in churches, some unbelievers say that all church members are hypocrites.  

 

When a born again person who is trying to live on both sides of the fence gets tired of his hypocrisy and desires to bring glory to God, he can easily make the change by obeying the commands of Romans 6:11-13. Those commands can be reduced to two sentences.

 

First, the born again person must believe that he is dead to sin (the sin nature of thinking he is wise) and alive to God. Second, the believer must make a choice to reject living out his own point of view and begin living out of God’s point of view.