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Why I Made the Choice

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As I reflect back on the past thirty-nine years of my life, there is one thing that stands out beyond all others. I have to go back the whole thirty-nine years to reach that milestone of my life. It was then that I made a choice to become a child of God. I was raised in a Christian home and by parents that took me to church as frequent as they could. We traveled many miles in my young life to be with other Christians and to hear the Word of God taught. As a boy it was fun because I was able to be with other kids but something else was happen­ing. As the preachers would give their all to give sermons of sound doctrine I was sitting there taking in a little bit at a time. I also had a mother that would always take time out of her busy day to read scriptures to us and would pray for all of us. I was blessed with a dad that was grounded in the scrip­tures and was not tossed to and fro. He preached the old fashion way and always expected others to do the same.
Being exposed to this environment caused me to think about my soul and to realize one day I would make a choice. I never recall that my Dad or Mom ever pressured me or even asked about me becoming a child of God. My parents were no different than any parent when it comes to the well being of their children and espe­cially concerning our souls, so I know with­out doubt they prayed I would make the right choice. I will never forget the day I made that choice in December of 1969 and had my sins washed away. I was so happy and it was so great to be a part of the family of God. It was the greatest choice I have ever made in life and one that I am so thankful for. Why did I make the choice? I wanted to be saved, and I knew it was the church that souls were added to many years ago, that made the same choice I did.
Another great choice in my life was made on a October night in 1977 when I asked my wife Norma Jean to marry me. As a young man I still had a lot of play in me and I had a lot of growing up to do but I knew this beautiful young girl could help me. She came from a home where one was in the church and the other wasn't, but she had a mother that did all she could to bring her up in the church.
My father-in-law, even though he is not a member of the church, was, and still is one that has strong moral values and be­lieves in a good wholesome family life. Even though I was young and still a little immature, I knew I wanted someone that didn't just go to church, but had convictions that would help me be a Christian and one that would help us have a Christian home. I knew one day children would come into our lives and I wanted a home where they could be raised in a Christian environment, so when their day came to make a choice to become a child of God or not, they would make the right choice.
I also considered the fact that I was going to promise God and my friends that I would keep this young girl and we would grow old together until death would come to one of us. I knew according to the Word of God that there was no exception because I was not a hard hearted Jew living under the old law.
After thirty wonderful years I know I made the right choice and I am so thankful she answered my question in the positive.
There are so many other choices I could share with you like my career choices and where I live or even my hobbies. Some of them are important, such as my job. I could tell you about my choices I have to make daily in my business. None of these com­pare to the choices I have shared with you thus far. I must point out one thing about choices and that is, we rarely make a choice for the moment but rather for the future. I made the choice to become a Christian because I want to spend eternity with God. I made the choice of marriage to my wife because I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.
I made the choice of going in business for myself because of the future and what I wanted to achieve. Our choices today affect our tomorrows, and that is why we reap what we sow. Or as brother Jimmy Lane would say, "our chickens will come home to roost."
I will end with one more choice. Why do I preach? Many of the articles in the last issue dealt with the subject of preaching, and that is important since God chose the foolishness of preaching to save the lost. Since I have made that choice several years ago it has affected my life, and if I continue, I know it will continue to affect my life in the future. Do I preach because it is easy and doesn't take much time? Or is it because it is fun to teach against sin? Maybe it is be­cause everyone likes what you say and just loves you for it. Or could it be since I don't teach anything controversial, and every­thing is kind of generic, I don't lose any sleep worrying what people may say nega­tive about my sermon?
I could continue to ask questions in trying to make a point, but I want to tell you why I really preach. I want to do all I can to help all to make the right choices in life so they can spend eternity with God. I want to preach sermons to the church that will help keep it glorious and holy. I want to preach sermons that will help us all remain faithful to the end. I also preach sermons so the church will remain a great place for my children to raise my grandchildren to be­come children of God. As a preacher, sometime the nights are restless and without sleep, sometimes the days are full of anxiety, and life sometimes is lonely but I know my choice was right to be a messenger of the Word of God when God gives the increase. Praise be to God, and may we continue to preach His Word in a manner that it will prick hearts and help souls to be saved.
Never forget, every choice we make will affect our tomorrows. Think about those choices and above all, pray to God and ask for his help and wisdom to make the right choices. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of just wanting to do the right thing and make the right choices. 1 close by asking you to pray for me that I will always make the right choices and that I will always keep God first in my life.
 

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