Links Daily Devotional

The Choice Is Yours

She caught [Joseph] by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak and ran out of the house. (Genesis 39:12, NIV)

So you’re standing at the rear of your car with the trunk lid open and the debate raging.

You’re the kind of player who always has 15 or 16 clubs rattling around in his bag, but today you’re here for a tournament and you have to make a choice. Which clubs stay? Which clubs go?

Fortunately, this is not one of those life decisions that threaten to carry significant consequences. Because, sure as the eventual three-putt, we’ll face those kind of decisions more than once in our Christian walk—as in more than once a day or so!

But here’s an unoriginal idea to keep in mind: The decisions that are so hard for followers of Christ are not so hard for those who do not profess to follow Him. And vice versa: the decisions that are so easy for us tear unbelievers apart.

Consider the man who, like Joseph, is tempted by the advances of a woman not his wife. Shall I respond to these flirtations? Shall I sleep with her? this man asks himself. For one who follows Christ, the answer—if he has vowed to live according to Scripture—is easy: No. No, I will not dishonor God and sleep with this woman who is not my wife. But for the unbeliever, there is so much to consider: Is she my type, good-looking and enjoyable to be around? Is there a chance that my wife will find out? What’s wrong with a little fun on the side? What a tangled web of decision!

Equally visual for us is the following scenario: A woman who is offered a wonderful new job, with a $20,000 increase in pay. For the non-believer, the decision is plain: Take the money. But the follower of Christ must wrestle with greater factors: What will this do to the relationships I’ve built at my current job? How will the commute affect my spouse and my children? Am I accurately discerning what God would have me do? There it is again, the tangled web of decision.

Life’s answers are not always meant to be easy. God is not afraid to make us think and, more than that, to get on our knees and seek His will for our lives.

But I can tell you this: As a follower of Christ, keep the easy decisions easy.

We have all witnessed far too much trouble in the lives of those who turn the black-and-white specifications of Scripture—such as sexual purity or financial integrity—into experiments in grace. Invariably, they find that while God does indeed forgive them, He also requires them to live with the consequences they have wrought for themselves. That’s the kind of tangled web that, employing the obedience of Joseph, is wholly unnecessary.

(This devotion originally ran on July 12, 2005. We are featuring several archived devotions as Links Daily Devotional editor Jeff Hopper travels with 40 Links Players in Israel this week.)

Jeff Hopper

December 6, 2011

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