Pick one

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Today’s Reading Matthew 25-28

***Note***

We are in Day 13 of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The first 21 days of readings will be listed at the end of this post

***End Note ***

I have been making choices my whole life and often they are easy:

Dessert or Veggies

Regular or Decaf Coffee

Cowboys or Eagles (c’mon really… E-A-G-L-E-S…Eagles!)

However, sometimes they can be a little more difficult:

Star Trek or Star Wars

Peanut Butter cookies or cheesecake

Mickey  or Minnie (kidding honey,  we all know there is no choice there) 

Yet some choices are a lot more serious and we often are very cavalier in making them. I was reminded about this as I was finishing up the reading of the Gospel of Matthew this morning. We see this play out in the scene between Pilate, Jesus, and Barabbas. The crowd is given a choice by Pilate on who would get released. The crowd is caught up in the emotion of the moment and perhaps looking for some instant gratification choose Barabbas instead of Jesus.

The decision honestly doesn’t make any sense but it was made. The easy choice was made. The man who was either a violent revolutionary or a thief was released and the person who brought healing, transformation, and hope was left in captivity. Crazy? Sure. However. I think we make choices like that every day.

We choose the easy way or the way that brings us an instant good feeling or delays some inconvenience. Every day, we are all faced with these type of choices. Will we choose God’s path for us or will we decide to take the easy way, the world’s way?

For me, choosing God’s way means I have to be more aware of the world around me. I have to be willing to have uncomfortable conversations with people about what really matters. I need to put myself in uncomfortable positions and places. It means that I need to be ready to say yes to God every day. I need to spend more time discerning God’s plan and less time seeking my own comfort.

Choose Pilate or Jesus?

Choose comfort or Jesus?

What will I choose today?

How about you?

 

First 21 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Mark 1-4

Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8

Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12

Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16

Sunday

 Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Tuesday Day 6 Galatians

Wednesday  Day 7  Philippians & Colossians

Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians

Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7

Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12

Sunday

Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18

Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24

Today Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28

Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9

Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16

Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13

Sunday

Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8

Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16

Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3

Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7

Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11

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