June 10, 2011 Comments Off on Choose Today
As you enter college you are presented with two choices and two choices alone: 1) God 2) Yourself. College is a time of becoming the man or woman you want to be, not your last ditch effort to party your guts out. While it is important to have a good time, you must recognize that you are forming habits that are going to stick with you for the rest of your life- whether they be good or bad. Studies have shown that it takes anywhere from 18 to 256 days to form habits and you can imagine how many times you may repeat a certain action of the course of a few years of college, so I caution you to be careful what you’re doing.
Often time people talk about wanting to “get out” their party side, but really they are putting more crap into their life because they’re creating memories or emotional scars that could last them for their entire life. God never meant for us not to have fun and never said we couldn’t be social in college, but it is important to consider the choices you are making because they can affect you emotionally, physically, and spiritually for a life time. Now is the time to rise up and become the person you want to be.
You can choose Gods way for your life and choose to seek him in all that you do and all that you put your day into or you can choose to seek yourself first and your own desires. People often ask me why they have to do it Gods way, why they can’t do just whatever they want and ask for Gods forgiveness later. While this is technically true and Jesus died on the cross to cover ALL of our sins for the rest of our life, that’s not the way God intended it and you will have no opportunity to ever see Gods greatness in your life or be able to effect the others around you for the greater good. “One who says, “I know him,” and doesn’t keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn’t in him.” (1 John 2:4) The bible explicitly tells us that even though we may say we know God, but do not keep the commandments of being a Christian and serving God first in our life is considered a liar and the truth of Jesus and his plan for the life of others isn’t inside him.
The second option is to serve yourself and your own desires, which is not right in the eyes of God. If you only seek to gratify yourself you will never be satisfied, and while it may seem fun or fulfilling in the beginning, it will never satisfy you for a life time and will continue to sin as you seek to fulfill yourself and your bodily desires. “Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18)
Choose this day whom you will serve because if you don’t have a plan going into the next day, you will surely be vulnerable to anything ungodly.