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He Was Almost There!

Some years ago I had a friend who planned to marry. A lot of preparations were put into it and a good sum of money was spent. When the time came he informed me he was travelling to get married; I wished him well (I couldn’t go with him). For several weeks he did not come back; I was very worried but I could not contact him. One evening, I finally got to him, but he was very unhappy; he told me his story, the bride did not show up for the wedding; she backed-off at the last moment. (The family stopped her from going through with it.) They were almost there!

There was another man who nearly got there. He almost made it to heaven. The following scripture tells his story.
“Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”
But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”
Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:24-29 (NKJV)

During his trial, when the Jewish leaders accused Paul of insurrection, he was brought before Festus the governor and Agrippa the king and the above quote was an excerpt of that encounter.
Agrippa said to Paul “You almost persuaded me to become a Christian.” He never became one. It was like he got to the gate of heaven, to the throne of mercy and then turned back. He was almost there! It is unfortunate. What would Agrippa say when he finally gets to the judgement seat of Christ? What stopped him from going through with it?

If he wasn’t fit to make a sound judgement about eternal life, how was he able to govern people; making very serious decision like the one involving Paul, issues that could cost someone his life? Job 32:9 says, “Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.” (KJV)

He could also have considered what his friends would make of such a decision. Mark 8:38 says, “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” (KJV)
He was ultimately responsible for his actions. It doesn’t matter what other people think or say, we are responsible for our decisions. It is important to understand this so we can stand up for what is right.
Was it that his position made aligning with the Christian life difficult for him? If that is the case where is he now? We must not cling to things that don’t last to the detriment of things that have lasting and daring consequences. King Saul of Israel lost his dynasty because he preferred being a “man of the people” to obeying God. He lost the kingdom and lost the people.

You might have had or heard of experiences of “being almost there”. They can lead to unimaginable frustration, stress and even depression. Sometimes they could be things outside our control that caused them and in that case we couldn’t do anything about it. At other times we were solely responsible for what happened. People usually have difficulties recovering from incidents.
To avoid being caught up in very ugly situations like that, we must be very prayerful and watchful.
We must develop our characters, so that we can live for the highest ideals.
We must appreciate what friends and relations are, and what they are not and cannot be.
We must give time to study, so that we can have valuable information to help us at critical times of decision making.

It is important to know that when it comes to choosing between God and any other thing, God must have the pre-eminence. You might be at a crossroad about making a decision of eternal value, I urge you to choose God. Today is a good day to choose Christ. Do it.

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Bible Quotes: http://www.biblegateway.com
This articles is also published in http://www.gracefulvoice.com

The Problem with Choice

We are products of our past choices and our future is as predictable as the choices we make today. Choices are tricky because there a many things that work underground to influence whatever we choose to do.

Choices vary in weight and consequences; some have lasting effects on us while others are just “one of those things” issue. We must be very careful when making choices whether big or small. For example, making a relationship choice is weightier than making a choice about what to eat but a wrong food choice can be as problematic as a wrong relationship choice at a long run.

Choices are elastic in nature and can be dealt with, with proper support. We can deal with whatever choice we have made with proper information, education, mentoring and counselling. We can prayerfully handle past, present and future choices and their probable consequences. However, the problem with choices is that many of them are like the spider’s web. If an insect gets entangled in a spider’s web, it seems to me that, the insect normally feels, “I can handle this” and starts to struggle with it. Most insects never get free without some external help. An on-looker sees the web as fragile but it never is to the poor insect caught in it. Most people see people in difficulty as “stupid”, however, if that is true, then all human beings are. Someone once said “who does not need help?” I want to ask, who has never made a poor choice?

Another problem with choices is that many people get to a point where they fear that making a change in their life is very late. For example, many people who are having career problem may feel that making a fresh start is impossible but when placed side by side with a wrong choice, I feel that a new beginning is the winning streak. It is the mark of courage; it is the mark of a champion. It is never too late to make a fresh move. Some require gradual adjustments while others might require radical actions. If for instance you have been made redundant because of technological developments in your industry, you can choice to get some training elsewhere rather die bemoaning your “bad luck”. You can always find a way in life if you choose to have a positive attitude to life.

Do not be box-in by traditional way of thinking, like “the old wine is better”. Think outside the box, embrace changes and be positive. Life has many sides and you can always enjoy some fun even if there is “a shift” or change of horizon. What will friends think? I don’t know and I won’t suggest you do their thinking for them; you will be sapped if you choose to do that. What will they say? I don’t know but it is more likely they will be limited by their “environment which is always parochial, Judgmental and self-centred.” In any case, you are responsible for your life and accountable for whatever you choice. However, you are never going to sit down to give account to many of you “limiting influences”.

You can you to win today no matter what the challenges are. The first step could be making a good choice (a fresh start, maybe!). The next will be following it through with courage and focus. The journey is always better with God; so commit your ways to the Lord and trust him to come through for you. You have a friend in me – I want you to succeed.

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