Monday, April 15, 2013

OPTIONS!


A spoon containing breakfast cereal flakes, pa...
A spoon containing breakfast cereal flakes, part of a strawberry, and milk is held in midair against a blue background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
OVER ONE HUNDRED-THIRTY-FIVE, that’s how many cereal choices you have if you shop at the Safeway  in Felton! That’s a whole lot of options considering there are a limited amount of grains from which the majority of cereals are made. When Linda and I traveled to Almaty, Kazakhstan in the winter of 1999 we found a local store that had one kind of cereal, and if I remember, there were just a couple of boxes of that cereal on the shelves. Not a lot of options in Kazakhstan.

We here in America are used to having lots of options. Our stores are filled with the plethora of items, the menus at our fast-food establishments seems to grow more diverse every time I enter the door. When we go to buy a car or a flat-screen television we want options in size and color and well. We want lots of options. I guess you could say we are a nation that demands options, and yes, those options have even crept into the church.

There is not a lot of harm done in having lots of options, except I guess if it leads to sins like greed and gluttony. Even having the option of finding a church that meets our needs can have positive benefits. The problem starts when we think that our right to options, to making our own choice, also applies to our relationship with Jesus, the Christ.

On the night that Jesus washed the feet of the disciples He said to them, “You call Me teacher and lord, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I your teacher and lord have washed your feet, you should also wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:13-14) Jesus was telling His disciples (and us) that since he was their teacher (the supreme teacher) and since He was their lord (the LORD God they would discover) they must do as He teaches and obey what He commands. There are no other options!

As followers of Jesus, the Messiah, we only have two options; to obey or to disobey His teachings and commands. Yes, I know it sounds a little harsh, a little narrow, but stay with me here. If Jesus truly is who we claim that He is, the Living God, then the only option before us is obedience. We really don’t get a vote in the matter. God’s people, the church, the Body of Christ, is not a democracy, it is a Theocracy, where Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords.

Therefore, when faced with the option, let us choose wisely, let us opt for quick obedience, for the glory of God. It’s always the right choice.

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