We all have those mornings, maybe more than we would like to admit. We wake up, and we don’t want to actually get up. We lay in bed thinking of all the “have-tos” of our day and life. We want to escape. We do not want to, but we have to. We have to face our responsibilities. We have to fulfill our commitments. We have to work on the “things-to-do” list. From our earliest days we find that we must do certain things. As toddlers, we must wash our hands, even when we do not want to. We must treat others with respect, which means that we are not allowed to bite our friends or family members. We must control our impulses. If we fail to meet these expectations and requirements, then there are consequences and repercussions.
As we grow older, the expectations rise. We must continue to tend to personal hygiene and personal relationships, but the responsibilities in these areas grow. Our family requires us to participate and be productive. Our society expects a minimum level of participation. Sometimes it seems that the expectations were thrust upon us. Sometimes we wonder why we were unable to decide how we want to live.
We do have some choices. We choose participation in God’s kingdom. We choose if we are disciples of Jesus or if we are disciples of this world. That choice is ours. God has given us the freedom to choose. We see God giving the choice to Adam and Eve in the Garden. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was there. It was their choice to eat the fruit of the tree. Later in the book of Joshua, Joshua tells the people to make a choice. The people must choose whom they will serve, the God of Moses or the gods of their ancestors. Jesus offers invitations to discipleship, but he never forces or compels his disciples to follow Him. In fact, some turn away when they realize that they must make a choice between the kingdom of God and this world.
We have a choice. We choose to follow Jesus, or we can choose a different way. What will you choose today?