two choices

Always before me are two choices.

Two hands held cupped, each filled to the brim.

One brims over with desire, desire of the present.  The what I want now.  The other brims with hope, hope for the future.  The what I want for eternity.

One brims over with the instant; the other with the ‘not yet’.

One with the mortal existence; the other with the immortal ever-after.

The challenge before me every moment is strikingly similar to the choice of Eden: the forbidden now, or the everlasting life with God later.

Satan’s fall seems to have been pride.

Our fall?  Impatience.

Eve couldn’t wait to ask God if she should listen to the serpent.  She couldn’t wait one morning to consult God that afternoon when He came for His daily walk with Adam.  She wanted to taste the forbidden, and on impulse she did.

Ever since then, we are a people driven by impulse.

It is the temptation of the age.

Will I snatch up the instant gratification of a moment with sin . . or will I wait for the arrival of God’s Kingdom?

Will I succumb to the right-into-the-bloodstream high of sin . . or will I wait for the soul-coursing life of God?

Will I taste, right now, the bread of earth, or will I hold out for the bread of Heaven?

Two choices, held out.  Not held out that I may choose one and have an end to it, but held out that, every moment for all of my life, I may choose either the temporal or the everlasting.

Temporal or everlasting.  Temporal or everlasting.  Temporal or everlasting.  Like the secondhand on a clock, the choices held before my face are ever current.

It is the mighty temptation of our world, yes, but it is also the incredible gift of this age.  For every moment, every day, I have the choice to say,

Yes, Jesus, I love you more.

Yes, Jesus, You are worth waiting for.

Yes, Jesus, by Your power and Your grace, I can and I will give up the fleeting for the everlasting.

Reading the book of Daniel yesterday, I was awestruck by the reality of eternity with God.

Eternity with God.  That’s what I want.  That’s what this heart is seeking.

My safety in Christ, my learning of total trust in Him, is not a ticket in my pocket I’ll pull out when the time is right.

No.

My safety in Christ, my learning of total trust in Him, is the thrill of the moment that says,

Yes.  I want this moment to be for You, Jesus.  I want this moment to count for all eternity.  Give me more time, Father.  I want to enter Your Presence, I want to come into Your royalty, I want to kneel at Your throne, with more than at present I have to give You.  Let me collect more moments, Lord.  More moments of denying myself for You.

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Jesus, quoted in Mark 8:34b, NLT)

 I continued watching in the night visions,

and I saw One like a son of man
coming with the clouds of heaven.
He approached the Ancient of Days
and was escorted before Him.
He was given authority to rule,
and glory, and a kingdom;
so that those of every people,
nation, and language
should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that will not pass away,
and His kingdom is one
that will not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14, HCSB)

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