We love options.
A shoe store is a good example. There are hundreds of styles to suit our exact preference.
Or at the market. Just try to decide from the varieties of rice. It seems unlimited.
And buying a new car . . . it’s easy to become bamboozled. We look at the list of options, and our head spins.
The most challenging is at a drive-through fast-food window. The choices are too many to take in. We must make our decision before we reach the speaker, because the line behind us is ready to come through.
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 gives us a standard for making life’s choices.
“But test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.”
Some options are simply that, a preference, and there’s nothing wrong with either one. Wheat or rye? Neither is right or wrong.
Power windows or manual? Leather seats or cloth?
Do we want the burger, or is fish our meal of choice? See, it doesn’t matter, except to us.
Other things are more important. Our spouse, the job we take, whether to accept that drink or excuse ourselves from the party. These are choices that can affect our lives for better or worse.
The Bible gives us three steps to ensure we live a good life.
1. Test everything.
2. Hold fast what is good.
3. Abstain from every form of evil.
To test means to research, uncover the facts, and see if that choice is worth our consideration.
Holding fast means we keep it in our repertoire of options, as something we’re willing to consider, either now or later.
To abstain tells us to toss it out, to cast it on the trash heap, to get it as far from us as possible.
There’s a benefit to having choices. We can select a life that’s satisfying. We must choose wisely, so we don’t come to a bad end.
Christ is our best choice, for he will guide us in the way we should go.
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