Day #10: Choose!

"Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will also disown him before My Father in heaven."

Matthew 10:32-33, NIV


The setting for the statement by Christ is this: He has just gathered His new apostles, twelve in number, and is sending them out to preach to the lost sheep of Israel that the kingdom is at hand. The covenant is to be changed with Christ's death on the cross, and there will have to be a decision made: Will they acknowledge Christ as their Savior or will they continue in their sin and be lost?


The reason that we are taking the time to read the New Testament, every day, is because it reveals the truth about our existence here on earth, and our debt that we owe to Jesus. We have a short period of time - our life - to choose whether to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, to accept all of the terms of His covenant (found in the New Testament) and to live for Him. Those who fail to acknowledge Him, even those who do at first, only to disown Him later, will be lost. Those who do acknowledge Him, even those who failed to do so at first, and live the rest of their lives for Him according to the instruction of His Father, will be saved.


That instruction is found within the pages of the New Testament. We also need to read and study the Old Testament, for it contains the true history of man, the prophesies of Christ, and all of the things that we can know about God, from his holiness and love, to his rewards for the faithful and punishments for the unfaithful. But the Good News of Jesus is something we all must obey and, therefore, something we must all read and consider carefully.


In short, we must choose!


Today's reading is the 10th chapter of Matthew. I pray that you will read it, think carefully about it, and act upon it. The Word of God has the power to change your life, but you must first know what it says, and then choose to do it.