Mankind has nothing to do with when we are born and when we die, but a great deal to do with the in between. We are choosing everyday and setting in motion the consequences of those choices. One of the great misconceptions in Christendom over the centuries is that God has already made the choice for you as far as the kind of life you will pursue. It is said by some very famous and well thought of Christian writers of the past, like St. Augustine and Calvin, that God makes spiritual decisions for you during your life and you are just along for the ride. Not only does that not compute according to Scripture but it is a major cause of the nominal, luke-warm, Laodicean condition of mainstream Christianity today. When we accept the premise that God has revoked the right He gave us to choose, it discourages man from even attempting to seek God and forces him to rely on other men’s reasoning. By that we loose sight of the fact that the true faith is a personal relationship between a man and the Lord … and that is all it is. In essence man feels he is doomed and has no hope of redemption. Perhaps even worse, he (the professing Christian) has no desire to seek a deeper relationship because God has somehow limited his choosing. It isn’t so much that he is consciously aware of this but it is the net effect of not believing he has a choice.

While it is true that “Many are called but few are chosen”, it is not because God doesn’t want all men to be saved, it is because our heart is not right, (only the Lord knows if our heart is true), we have not positioned ourselves to hear from Him or humbled ourselves, and by that ‘chosen’ to accept the free gift He offers. From cover to cover His Word is the same as expressed by Joshua, “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve”. It is the most important choice that we have to make between birth and death and will determine our course in this life and eternity. “There is a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1) and there comes a time in every ones life that he must choose. Is it now?

O happy day that fixed my choice
On Thee my Saviour and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell it’s raptures all abroad… (O Happy Day)