Everything in our lives is affected by choices we make; even everyday things. Do we turn right or left; take the stairs or the elevator, white bread or brown?
Some choices may have no measurable consequences at all, some may have serious but unforeseeable consequences. Suppose we are in the lobby of an office building wanting to go the top floor. Suppose two elevator doors open in front of us. We must make a choice which one to take. Normally not a big choice, but suppose we get to the top floor and find that the other one has crashed, killing all aboard. Suddenly our choice was important, as was the one made by whoever chose to get on the other elevator. The consequences of these choices may not seem fair, they were certainly unforeseeable, but nevertheless they were very real. The fact remains that in every life decision, big or small, we choose one course of action over another. If we had chosen otherwise, we will never know how different our lives would be.
Sometimes we should be fully aware of the consequences of our choices, but we still make the wrong ones. In my time in jail ministry I saw those involved in substance and alcohol abuse make decisions; some to change their lives for the better, some to return to their old ways. What makes the difference? I don’t know. Why is one person able to make the decision never to touch another drink, or shoot another needle, while others, for whatever reason, choose to take that step backward. I have seen people who know what they need to do, who know they must leave their old friends, their old haunts and their old lifestyles, who know what will be the consequences of their decisions, be drawn back like a moth to a flame back into that downward spiral toward death and destruction.
Regarding our relationship with God we are called upon to make choices. Here again, the consequences of our decisions should be clear to us. We can either choose to turn toward Him, and by His grace spend eternity with Him, or we can reject Him and spend eternity separated from Him. The choice may not seem reasonable to some, we may not like the choice, but that’s the choice. It’s the only choice there is. There is no ‘Option C’, and it’s a choice we are all called upon to make. Joshua 24:15 says, “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Ammonites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
This post is for those people who really are interested in finding out more about God. Who, if He even exists, want to find Him and get to know Him. It goes without saying that He wants to know you. He... “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)
Jesus said, in Luke 11 verse 10, “...everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened.” Verse 13 tells us that He will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.
First, here is a prayer you can pray, even if you are not sure that God even exists:
God, I don’t know if you even exist. I’m a skeptic. I think you may only be a myth. I’m just not certain. So if you do exist, and if you really did promise to reward all seekers, you must be hearing me now. So I hereby declare myself a seeker of the truth whatever it is. I want to know the truth and live the truth. If you are the truth, please help me.
If Christianity is true, he will. This prayer is a fair test of the Christian faith, as long as you do not put unfair restrictions on God, like demanding a miracle (your way, not His) or certainty by tomorrow (your time, not His). The demand that God act like your servant is hardly a fair test of the hypothesis that there is a God who is your King.
All this King asks for at first is honesty, not faking a faith you do not have. Honesty is a choice of the will – the choice to seek the truth no matter what or where. This is the most momentous choice you will ever make. It is the choice of light over darkness, ultimately heaven over hell.
Next, I would encourage you to read the Bible with a completely open mind. Ask God to reveal His word to you. Start with the Gospel of John, then Acts, Romans, and the rest of the New Testament. Then read the Psalms, Proverbs etc., right through all the prophets. Then perhaps the first three Gospels, then from Genesis through to the Psalms. These are only suggestions, of course.
Another thing I would encourage any seeker to do is find an Alpha Course in your area. I think it is a great, non-threatening introduction to the Christian faith. They are being run all over the world, and information, even locations, can be found on the internet.