“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,
choose you this day whom ye will serve;
whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Every day we make choices that have an impact on our lives and on the lives of others. This past week, I was joined by 19 other servants of the Lord from 15 other churches to pray for, pray with, and seek to be a godly influence on our State elected officials in Salem at the Capitol building. We were all blessed by our experiences again this year through the Pastor’s Capitol Outreach. There were a few less of us this year, but that did not hinder how God used this team effort on the part of these preachers. Greg Barreto actually prayed for us after we were finished praying for him. One politician broke down in tears when the preacher asked him how he could pray for this man, his work, and his family. These servants of ours are under immense pressure and often attacks, especially those who are conservative and, even more, those who are true believers. One of the things we heard most this year, just like last year, was to have wisdom in making good choices for the people of our state. The choices of leaders on every level of leadership not only affect them but also many others beyond them. Any good leader feels the weight of that reality in their decision-making process as they work to come to a decisive conclusion. We all have decisions to make every day. Some are more critical and impacting than others, while some even have eternal ramifications. Salvation involves a choice on our part to respond in faith to God’s gift offered to us for forgiveness through His Son as our Saviour. Surrender to God’s will of service, spiritual growth, personal holiness, spreading the Gospel, discipling and mentoring others younger than you in years or in faith—all of this and so much more—requires us choosing to obey, submit to, and follow God’s plan. Our giving tithes, offerings above a tithe, or to worldwide evangelization all requires a choice on our part to cooperate with what God has stated in His Word for His children to do. Today, at the end of the service, just like every Sunday, there is a time of decision between you and God’s will as He has spoken to your heart through His message from His Word. You must choose for you this day what you will do!