Life doesn’t give people what they want, but what they believe. Everyone wants nice things, good health, and happy days, but they don’t happen automatically. Making right choices is what determines how life treats us. God has given us the “right of choice”, but are we making the “right choices”? Here are three areas that matter most in our lives:
Who will be Master of our lives? Will we chose to be “lord of our own life”, or will we give that place to Jesus Christ? Many people have accepted the fact that Jesus is the only way to God, and have received Him as their personal Savior, but not all of these believers have made Jesus the Lord and Master of all of life. There is really only one thing we can give to God, and that is the surrender of our will to Him. It was man’s will that got him into trouble to start with by deliberately disobeying the Lord’s instructions in the Garden of Eden. The surrendered will means that we have given Christ the right to guide us according to His will for our lives, and while we are living in the will of God, He is Master and things will work for our good.
Who will be our Mate in life? I have seen many people make the wrong decision when it came to marriage, sometimes because of loneliness, sometimes because of stubbornness, and sometimes just because of plain old lust. I have often told people that it is better to be alone than to be with the wrong person. There are worse things than loneliness and celibacy, like abuse, violence, and betrayal, for example. Choosing a life partner should be approached according to scriptural guidelines, the consultation of parental and spiritual authority, and above all the leading of the Spirit of God in one’s heart. What God joins together will be fruitful and without doubt the best thing that could happen to us.
What will be our Mission in life? God has created us all with gifts and callings that empower us to fulfill the mission intended by Him. The stages of life include Survival, Success and Significance. When we are young, we are trying to survive the cost of education, the raising of children and all that life throws our way. When we have reached midlife, we usually have achieved some measure of success in terms of having a nice home, car and some money in the bank. But as we grow older we think of what our legacy will be: what are we leaving for the benefit of future generations? How have we added value to the lives of others, and how will our legacy continue to do so after we are gone? What is our real significance? Determining our ultimate mission usually takes place after some years of trial and error and learning some wisdom from experiencing life. This is something we should all think about – God has a mission prepared for us all that will result in Significance.
If we make the right choices in these three areas, life will be lived to the fullest and God will be glorified.