17 May Making a Choice
April 29, 2011. Joseph Buck V was 11 days old. Lindsey and I were preparing to move to a new church in about six weeks with a live-wire 19-month-old to boot. People thought we were crazy! Those were exciting times.
That day was exciting for another really big (to some people) reason: the royal wedding of William and Kate. Yes, I know they have titles, but I don’t particularly care about those details. In our house, people got up early to watch the event, but I did not share in their joy, making the decision to sleep. Around the world, the wedding was a monumental event, but no one was forced to watch it…even me. People made a choice to watch.
This week, there is another opportunity to watch a royal wedding. Some people may choose to watch it, and some…more intelligent and together people…will choose not to watch it. Now if you are an Anglophile, please do not email me with grievances as my tongue is squarely in cheek. Even many of the British people have moved on from the monarchy, because they have the choice.
There was no such choice during much of the British monarchy. The King/Queen ruled absolutely and controlled the country, not just ceremonially but politically and militarily, concerning matters of state. Treason was a real offense and covered many actions. In the movie “Braveheart” as Sir William Wallace is facing his accusers about his rebellion against the King of England, he says, “Never in my whole life did I swear allegiance to him.” The response was, “It matters not. He is your king.” It was not a matter of choice.
Today, we have a choice. On Sunday, we began the “Go! And Make Disciples” series, and we saw that Jesus did not give us a choice when it comes to making disciples. His last words were a mission statement for the followers of Jesus: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” The choice is not whether or not we will be evangelists—witnesses—for Jesus; the choice is whether or not we will really follow Jesus.
To choose to follow Jesus means we will go in His name. We will be His advocates and His witnesses. What matters in life is that we choose Jesus, making Him our King. Having made that choice, we go as He directed us. We choose Jesus, making Him ours. But we are His, and He has work for us to do. Let’s GO!
Blessings to you,