Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Be Proactive – Part III
Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:1-25 NLT
Key Verse: Genesis 2:7 NLT
Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Today’s Scripture Reading and Key Verse describe the creation of mankind. If you think about it, God had another choice when He created man.
God could have made a being that would never sin and have no choice in the matter. This would not have created a being that could be in a personal relationship with Him. Liken this to an arranged marriage where a couple has no choice about who their spouse will be, and their challenges to develop an intimate relationship.
Instead, God opted to give His creation the freedom to choose Him or reject Him. This choice gives God and humans the chance to have a real relationship. God offers with open arms to be in personal relationship with His creation. It is up to us to complete this union with God.
When sin entered the world, it created a major barrier for man to come into relationship with God. The sinful nature of man causes a selfish decision for man to go their own way. God so loved His creation that He gave Jesus to die on a cross, taking on the sins of the world, to free us to receive God’s gift of salvation. So, God opened wide the door to having a life-changing relationship with Him, but we still must choose to go through that door.
A proactive person weighs receiving or rejecting the God’s gift of salvation to us even when there is room for doubt in either choice.
For example, I have chosen to accept Christ and God’s gift of salvation, but I still have times of doubt. I still wonder what really comes after death. It is in those times that I declare: “I choose the safer route”. If my faith is wrong, I have lost little but if my faith is right, there is a whole eternity at stake. This does not mean I have lost my faith but is how I answer when the evil one is tempting me.
I have found that in all my life’s decisions, this idea of choosing the safer route has helped me. As I decide whether something is sinful or not, I try to choose the safer route even if I miss something that really wasn’t sinful. I would rather err on the side of caution.
I will stand before God someday to give an answer for my life’s choices. It is that thought that makes me want to be careful and cautious in my lifestyle. As the Apostle Paul taught, all things might be permissible, but not all are beneficial (1 Corinthians 1:23).
Father, grant me the wisdom to make beneficial choices in life. In Jesus’s name, amen.