Your choices matter. Some choices have life-changing consequences.
Nicky Gumbel tells this story about Charles Finney, a lawyer and evangelist, who was speaking in a New York church in the 1830s. At the end of each evening, Finney gave people the opportunity to come up and commit their life to Jesus.
“A great many lawyers came to hear him. One night, the Chief Justice of New York was sitting way up in the gallery. As he listened to Finney proclaiming the gospel he became convinced it was true.
“Then this question came into his mind: ‘Will you go forward like the other ordinary people?’ Something within him made him think that it would be inappropriate to do so, because of his prestigious social position. Then he thought, ‘Why not? I am convinced of the truth... why should I not do it like any other person?’
“He got up from his seat in the gallery, and went to where Finney was preaching. Finney, in the middle of his sermon, felt someone tugging at his jacket. He turned around. The Chief Justice said, ‘Mr Finney, if you will call people forward I will come.’ Finney stopped his talk and said, ‘The Chief Justice says that if I call people forward he will come. I ask you to come forward now.’
“The Chief Justice went forward. Almost every lawyer in Rochester, New York, followed him! It is said that 100,000 people were converted in the next twelve months in that area. One person’s choice affected the lives of numerous others.”
Life is full of choices. We make choices every day of our lives. You can make bad choices or you can make good choices. Your choices matter. Some choices have life-changing consequences.
Choosing life, especially living a life in imitation of Jesus Christ, is the best way to prepare ourselves for an inevitable death. It leads not only to finding out true self but also helps lead others who follow our path, as we follow Jesus.
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"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”