The Election For Your Soul
Have you ever considered how many choices we make in a day? Just the fact that you are reading this was a choice. Just off of the top of my head we may make choices as to what time to get up, what to wear, what to eat for breakfast? If you think deeper almost everything we do is a choice. If I’m driving it could be how fast will I drive? Should I pass this person? Should I turn the radio on? If I’m walking it is how fast and far do I walk? Do I look around as I walk? If I see something interesting do I take time to stop? This is such an endless list because when we think about it our whole life is based on choices. Each choice that we make has some kind of consequence, some more than others. If I don’t eat breakfast I may not feel good later on. If I choose to not get eight hours of sleep I could get very tired later in the day. It is true that we make thousands of choices every single day. Some of the choices may not have lasting consequences like others. If I choose to look out the window it won’t have the same consequences as if I choose to have a meeting with my boss. Then there are choices within the choice. Suppose I was upset with someone. Do I talk to them about it? If so when would be the best time? What do I say to them? What will they probably say back? What is my goal in this situation? Should I talk to them in person or on the phone? Each little decision that I make will have some kind of consequence either good or bad that I will now have to live with. If the decision takes some thought we ask ourselves What will happen if I do this? Will I be happier or will it matter?
Of course there are daily decisions that we make and then there are decisions that are more long term. These decisions are not limited to this list but might include What will I do for a profession? Who will I marry or will I get married? Would I like to have kids? Should I buy a house or rent? Should I buy a used car or a new one? Each decision in life starts to define us as people. Other people look at us from a point of view of decisions that we made. They define us based on those decisions because that is how people are. Many times they may make a decision to become friends with us, or they may not like the decisions we made and stay aloof.
Election time is upon us again. As I drive home I see all of the signs for this or that candidate. If the phone is ringing there is a good chance it is about the election. The commercials are constantly playing for one candidate or the other. They are both out to get my vote and yours whether it is through the debates or creative ads. Sometimes I think my vote isn’t really very important. After all I only have one vote and there are millions of votes cast each election. There are also millions of eligible voters who do not vote. I guess they figure that their vote really doesn’t mean anything. Though your vote and mine will not decide who wins this election there is an election that your vote and mine are always the deciding vote!
You might ask “What election could I possibly be the deciding vote?” It is the election of who you will worship? You see we are all meant to worship something or someone. It is the very essence of our existence. You might make the argument that you don’t worship anyone or anything. I have to strongly disagree with anyone with this view. Ask yourself this question “What is the most important thing in my life?” The answer to that question is the answer to who or what you worship. Oh you say “I don’t worship this thing!” The fact that it is number one on your list tells me that it takes up precious time in your heart and mind as well. You may argue that your kids or your spouse are the most important. These are good things and are blessings from God, but even good things can be in their wrong place. If I put anything before God in my life I am in essence worshiping that instead of him. All things are temporary in this life while he is eternal! Whatever is the most important thing in your life and mine is what we worship. We don’t need some kind of idol that we bow down to. The little idols in our life could be anything that takes the place of God as number one.
You are the only voter in the election for your soul. Like the presidential election millions of people vote, but each person in this election decides in their own personal election. It is an election that determines which power will rule your life and mine. Satan on one hand is the candidate that stresses living for today. His platform is about the now. His slogan is live it up for today for tomorrow you may die. He shows us nice things that we can have now. He paints the picture that material things can buy us happiness for the future. He is the candidate of promises that he can’t or has no intention of keeping. He uses temptation like he did with Jesus on the mountain. In that encounter Jesus had fasted for forty days and was extremely weak. Satan tried to tempt him at his weakest point by showing him all of the kingdoms of his world. “You can have it all if you bow and worship me!” Unlike Jesus, many of us fall for his promises and deceit. Many take him up on his offer and sell their souls for wealth and fame. Many buy into his theory that life is for living now. They buy into the get it while you can and if it feels good do it attitude he promotes. The problem with Satan’s candidacy is that it has no substance. In his live for today framework we have to sell our souls to him. He is in a battle for souls and he wants your vote and mine. He will do anything and everything in his power to get our vote.
Now let’s look at the other candidate Jesus. Jesus is the solid rock as the song goes! All other ground is sinking sand. That song was about a parable Jesus used describing the wise builder as opposed to the one who built on sand. The sand would be like Satan’s plan that is quickly blown away and destroyed. Unlike Satan who makes promises he can’t keep and requires your soul, Jesus promises us eternal life if we come to him. He offers a peace that is beyond understanding and a purpose that takes away the emptiness in our heart. He is not out there in your face like Satan. He lets his followers tell his story of how he has changed their lives and how now they have hope for the future!
I’ve read so many times of people killing themselves when it appeared they had it all (fame and fortune) and everything to live for. That is Satan’s ultimate victory as he takes one more soul with him. They bought into his lie and when they found out the truth they felt it was too late. It is never too late for Jesus. He will take your empty life and change it no matter how much you bought into Satan’s lies in the past. The best or worst thing that can happen to someone is when they reach their goals and dreams Satan has promised them. Now they discover how empty his promises are. Sometimes they turn to God as they realize they had everything this world has to offer and still were so empty. Other times Satan has their soul and they see no way out. There are consequences in the decisions that we make.
So election day is upon us. Election day is every day. Like in politics there may be a debate going on. It is a debate within you as to who you should choose? Satan will no doubt make the case that Christians are fools for not idolizing the things of the world. He will forever make promises that he can’t keep just to claim your soul in his trophy room. He never quits either and will tempt the believers who made the right choice in the past also. He is relentless and never gives up. Yet, he cannot send us to hell unless we choose to go. Just remember his past record as Jesus stated, “He is a liar and the father of lies.” Like the Bible says “choose this day who you will serve.” Just remember though that your decision has a monumental effect on your future. It’s a decision that will either send you to heaven or hell. The wonderful thing is that we have a choice. It doesn’t matter how anyone else chooses. In politics many times the person we vote for loses because we are only one vote. In this election our vote determines everything within our heart. Choose this day who you will serve. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord! Election day is here, vote wisely!