The answer to the question below, “Which would you really choose?” seems to have an obvious answer. Initially, all would say Christ over the world. Does the way we live our lives support that answer? Do we live in light of eternity or immediacy? Read and ponder.
Which would you really choose?
(Thomas Doolittle, “Love to Christ Necessary to Escape the Curse at His Coming!” 1693)
What the object of the love of the heart is–is object of the choice of the will. And such as is the choice of your wills–such are you.
If you choose the world before Christ–I dare boldly to call you a worldly man!
If you choose pleasures before Christ–I dare confidently to declare you a voluptuous man!
But if Christ is chosen before all other things–I may term you to be a truly holy man.
Suppose then the world, and all the riches thereof, and all the honors and the pleasures of it, were set on the one hand–and Christ on the other hand. Which would you really choose?
It is an easy thing to say that you would choose Christ, and not the world. But my question is: Which you would really choose?
Can you say, and appeal to God who knows your heart: “Lord, You who know all things–You know that I choose Christ before riches, Christ before pleasures, liberty, life, or anything that is dear unto me in this world. You know that I would rather have Christ without the world–than the world without Christ. You know that I would rather have the Lord Jesus with disgrace, with poverty, and with the cross–than all the treasures of the world!”
This must be a man’s choice–or he cannot be said to have sincere love to Jesus Christ.
If Jesus is not loved above all–He is not sincerely loved at all!
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other–or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6:24
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So which do you choose?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001