Sermon

A TIME TO CHOOSE (PROVERB 15:1-15; LUKE: 6:20-26)

Introduction.

You have a very important decision to make today. Whatever decision you make is life defining and has an everlasting consequence.

But God is good, He has spelt out the choices that you have and already told you what to choose (Deut.30:15-19). Whatever you sow is what you will reap (Gal.6:7-8). Also, there is no neutrality in the matters of the spirit (Rev.3:15-16).

The two lessons of today have broken down our choices in form of antithetic parallelism. That is, pairing a positive and negative thing in order to emphasize their differences and consequences.

1st  Lesson (Pro.15:1-15).

Solomon speaks to us in parallels and the available choices:

  • Wise vs. Foolish (v2; Job 28:28; Ps.14:1).
  • Good vs. Evil (v3).
  • Righteous vs. Wicked (v6).
  • Treasure vs. Trouble (v6 & 9).
  • Love vs. Hate.
  • Sacrifice vs. Prayer (v8; 1 Sam. 15:22-23).
  • Life  vs. Death (v11).
  • Merry vs. Sorrow (v15).

CCC Hymn 679: The Father’s message I have sent unto thee.

Very Important Message.

The 1st lesson shows us that your mouth and heart are connected.

  • They give an indication of what choice you should make.

The good man out of the good treasure of his heart    bringeth forth that which is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil: for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh” (Luke 6:45-46; Matt.12:34-37).

  • They are instrumental to choosing righteousness and salvation.

“Because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved: for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”.(Rom.10:9-10).

  • A man cannot be a saint and a sinner at the same time (Rom.6:16; 8:13).

2nd Lesson (Luke 6:20-26).

Jesus in the Sermon on the Plain speaks to His disciples in another set of parallels (Luke 6:20-23).

  • Blessing  vs. Woes/Curses.
  • Rich vs. Poor.
  • Filled vs. Hungry.
  • Accepted vs. Hated.
  • Joy vs. Sadness.
  • Eternal Life vs. Condemnation (v24-26).

Obedience to God proves our love and trust in Him. Obey and you will be blessed (Is.1:19; Job 36:11). Disobey and you will be cursed (Deut.11:26-28).

You have a choice to be happy or miserable. To be blessed is to have eternal joy and happiness because the favour of God is upon you. To have woe is to have sorrow and pain because God is against you (Jas. 4:4).

Jesus vs. the World

The happiness that Jesus offers often entails short trials and pains but everlasting joy. Whereas, the world offers short term gratification but eternal condemnation and damnation (1 John 2:15-17).

The Followers of Jesus are happy because:

  • They shall inherit the Kingdom of God.
  • They shall be filled.
  • They shall laugh.
  • Their reward is great in heaven.

Those who refuse to follow Jesus, but are ignorant; wicked; carnal; and worldly, no matter how poor or rich in this world shall not be happy but miserable. They shall also weep and mourn in the world to come (Matt. 13:40-43).

CCC Hymn 376: Jesus is the Communicator of my Soul.

Conclusion

Today, you must choose whether to meet Jesus as your saviour (John 3:16-17) or meet Him as your judge (Heb. 10:28-30).

Why must you choose to be eternally miserable when the offer of eternal happiness is set before you? Turn and come to God today. Obey and serve Him and you will be empowered to prosper for all eternity.

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