In the Bible, there are many references to choosing life. It is a recurring theme throughout the Old and New Testaments.
Jesus Christ, in particular, spoke about this topic often. His teachings emphasized the importance of choosing life over death, light over darkness, and love over hate.
One of the most well-known verses in the Bible about choosing life comes from Deuteronomy 30:19-20. It says “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him.”
Jesus echoed this sentiment when he said in John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” He was speaking about how he came to bring salvation to all who believe in him. Through his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, Jesus conquered death so that we could have eternal life.
Choosing life means choosing Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It means following his commands and living a life that is pleasing to God.
In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus says “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
This passage emphasizes how important it is for us to choose the right path in life. The wide path may be easy to follow but it leads to destruction while the narrow path may be difficult but it leads to life.
When we choose Jesus as our Lord and Savior we also choose a new way of living. We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) with a new purpose and a new hope. Our lives are transformed as we grow in our relationship with Jesus and become more like him.
Choosing life also means choosing to love others and to serve them. In Matthew 25:35-36 Jesus says “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.”
Jesus is saying that when we serve others we are serving him. Choosing life means choosing to live a life of service to others.
In conclusion, choosing life means choosing Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It means following his commands, living a life that is pleasing to God, loving others, and serving them.
We have been given the gift of life through Jesus Christ. Let us choose wisely so that we may have eternal life with him.