Reading: Romans 8: 1-11
Verse Six: The mind of the sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.
Why do people choose to follow Jesus? Why do some folks choose to worship God and live their lives by what is written in the Bible? Why do some folks choose a path in life that is hard and narrow instead of walking a road that is wide and easy to meander down? Why do some people make these choices in deciding to be a Christian? Why do you?
Choosing to follow Jesus and to live according to His example is a choice. In many ways, it is a choice that runs against the norm. By nature we are wired to seek pleasure and to desire to feel good. Our society ingrains in us the drive to succeed and accomplish and excel – all good things in and of themselves. Our culture champions messages like ‘just do it’ and ‘of’ it makes you feel good…’ Put all together, the world says to live for self and to just enjoy life to the max. For some, this is their choice and this is how they live their lives. Paul writes of these folks: “The mind of the sinful man is death”.
When one chooses to walk the wide and easy way that leads to death, life is fun and exciting and entertaining most of the time. But soon one realizes there is something missing. One senses that there is more to life than what they are living. There is a void. Philosopher Blaise Pascal described this as the “God-shaped hole in all of us”. We are created by God in His image. Therefore, God has a place to fill in our lives. When we make the choice to fill the hole with God, we are choosing to be whole and complete. We are making the choice to be a Christian. Paul also writes of this choice: “The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace”.
We make the choice to follow Christ. It is through this choice that we find life eternal and peace beyond all human understanding. Here we find that Jesus is our all in all, our everything. Thank you Jesus.