Choices and the Greatest Choice of All
Updated: Apr 8
I wrote in my last post how we are faced with choice on a daily basis - choices come in the simple, everyday moments and the hard, defining decisions.
This past weekend we celebrated seemingly the most significant choice of Christ and the ultimate victory for the Kingdom. However, if you were like me you didn’t always view Jesus’ life and death as a series of choices that He made.
Free will is a very powerful gift that God has given humanity. Since the beginning of time there has been choice and there has been consequence. Adam and Eve in the Garden were granted free will and Eve made a choice, then Adam made one too.
We can choose to follow God or not, we can choose to follow rules/laws or not, we can choose to follow our parents, we can choose on and on – and especially in America, we can choose a course of life.
But it wasn’t until recently that I grasped, in an illuminated way, that how Jesus lived His life was completely His choice. I think because Jesus was perfect and is God, I skimmed over the reality of daily decisions he made and the ultimate choice to be the complete sacrifice for us to have eternal life.
Jesus was fully human (Matthew 1:25). Just as we are not forced to follow God, neither was Jesus forced. The reality that He was human means He too was given free will, but He chose the will of the Father.
See the perfection of Christ comes with the reality that He chose every step of the way to be in the Father’s will. The choices Jesus made weren’t easy choices, but He paved the way so that we could have a living example of how to go through life. He chose love when faced with hatred, He chose forgiveness when He was abused in every way, He chose grace when the world judged, He chose to walk in righteousness when He was tempted, He chose truth and peace and relationship, He chose the Father’s will and not his own, and He chose LIFE when faced with death. Jesus chose to be a VICTOR.
Even to the end Jesus chose God. He cried out to God in Luke 22:42-44,
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done. Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him. And in His anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
The prayer alone shows the gravity of the choice and how significant its cost.
Jesus knew what He was to face and He chose to sacrifice and lay down his own life, because He knew the outcome for all of us as well. So no one can look at Jesus Christ and think that He was a victim. No, we can always look in awe because He was the greatest victor, yet He bore the weight of the world’s inequity. He bore sin and faced every temptation, rejection, let down, accusation, pain and reality of the fallen world, yet He did not succumb to the circumstance and rather ROSE up.
For a while now, I have been asking God how do I too react in circumstances when I am torn down, rejected, belittled, or cast aside? How can I react when attacked and be a victor like Christ and not a victim?
I realized it’s as simple as this - you recognize choice and you choose. When we choose Christ, we’ve chosen victory and therefore, we are never a victim either. It doesn’t mean that choices are easy, but we already have one to look to if we ever need to know what to do.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 says,
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
We are NOT defenseless Christians, simply waiting on the next attack of the devil. The devil doesn’t want us to know we have been given full authority in Christ, the devil doesn’t want us to see that we have been provided the full armor of God and every weapon of warfare needed at our disposal. The devil wants us to stay down, have pity on ourselves, cower, succumb to defeat, and wallow. The devil wants us to stay on the defensive side of life and remain in spiritual tombs of thought. But the devil did not know that when Christ would be crucified, He would rise three days later! It is through the fulfillment of the resurrection of Christ, we too can burst out of darkness and into the light of truth. We should be on the offensive since we are already guaranteed victory.
GOD wants us to see and walk out the reality of the victory we have.
Some ways I seek to keep a Kingdom Minded Mentality of Victory:
Immerse myself in relationship with the Father – listen for and to His voice. Speak with Him constantly.
Focus my thoughts on what is above and not beneath - keep a truth for every lie close by and speak His resurrection life over any area of death. I can only do this by reading Scripture.
Prayer and Fasting – these are done in the secret place
Repentance – daily, all day. God is also constantly exposing things to me for which I need correction. Keep in mind He disciplines those He loves (Proverbs 3:11-12)
Choose His will and not my own.
Choose the attributes of Christ when faced with the attributes of the world.
Persevere with patience – you need endurance in this life. Never give up and always rise up again. Remember through Christ we have access to resurrection life.
I’ll end my own thoughts with something I wrote a while back…
We are not products of our circumstances. We are not shaped by the world. We are not fashioned by the whims of an ever changing pop-culture. We are His. We are chosen. We are formed in the image of Christ. We don’t wear labels of this world to identify us, we wear the label of son or daughter that defines us. My failures and sin don’t signify that I am less than, they signify the grace of God for cleansing me from them. We are not merely one in a sea of people, forgotten. We are set apart and chosen by our Father and we were made for such a time as this.
We are VICTORS not victims in Christ and we CHOOSE.