Daily Archives: March 7, 2019

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Chose Life

From the Old Testament lesson we read:

Moses said to all Israel the words which the Lord commanded him, “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.   (Deuteronomy 30:15–16)

The fallacy which the world has embraced is that life can really exist apart from God. It is not life. It is ultimately a sure death. We spend so much time and energy attempting to enhance our station in life, but what kind of life is it? Jesus offers us an alternative one:

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit our souls?”   (Luke 9:23–25)

Forsaking this worldly life leads to an eternal life with God. Do we choose this world and its so-called pleasures over lasting fellowship with God. As Moses said: “Now is the time for choice.”

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”   (Deuteronomy 30:19–20)

Let us live in the promise that God has given us today: righteousness, peace, and joy, and in the life to come, eternal in the heavens. We do this by denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and following Jesus. The disciple Thomas question Jesus about where he was going:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.   (John 14:6)

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