Life is a series of choices. Each one of us must make hundreds of choices every day…from the miniscule…what color socks should I wear…to the bigger choices…should I go to work or call in sick. Every one is faced with choices everyday, some with little if any consequence, and yet other choices may lead to life-altering consequences (either good or bad).
At some point in our lives, we will be faced with a choice to follow God or to go on living like He doesn’t exist. Luke 16:13 tells us that, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” And, the reality is that not choosing is in and of istelf, a choice. So let’s say that we choose to follow God (Yahveh), and we accept the free gift of salvation that He offers through the atoning sacrifice of His Son, Jesus (Yeshua). “For it is by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) I want to make my belief and understanding of God’s Word perfectly clear. It is only by God’s grace and faith in Jesus Christ that we can have salvation and a relationship with Yahveh. There is absolutely nothing we can do to earn salvation other than to make the choice to believe that Jesus died for our sins.
So we’ve made that choice. But what then? Is that it? We start on our journey with God. For many “Christians” today, myself included until my eyes were opened, we pick a little of God here, a little of The Word there, but only what “feels” comfortable and easy, and doesn’t “cost” us anything. We say we are believers and we love God. But when we pick and choose, “a la carte” style, which part of Him we will follow, we create a god in our own image. When we make the choice to make a god in our image rather than conforming our lives to Yahveh’s image and ways, we are breaking His commandment that tells us, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3)
But that is just the beginning…what about the fourth commandment (Exodus 20:8-11), “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God…Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Do we get to pick the day we “set apart” for God? His word says NO! Do we get to eat anything that we want, including pork and shellfish? Again Yahveh’s Word in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 tells us not to. Do we get to pick the holy days (holidays) to worship God? Do we get to pick how we worship God? Yet again, Yahveh’s Word says, “When the LORD your God cuts off from before you the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and dwell in their land, take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods? I also will do likewise.’ You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:29-32)
It is time to awaken to Yahveh’s Word…all of it. It is time to stop picking and choosing which parts of His Word we would like to follow. It is time to start living our lives like we truly love God…His Way…by obedience to Him and His Word..”If you love me, obey my commands.” (John 14:15) It is time to stop living our faith with “honoring lips and hearts that are far from Him and vain worship and teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:8-9). It is time to stop a la carte christianity and start living Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”