“…therefore, choose life…”
– Deuteronomy 30:19
The chosen people of Israel were given a choice, life, or death. Life was promised to them freely, yet it was provisional. It was contingent upon each person turning to God and obeying His voice (Deut. 30:1-8). It was this turning to God in heart and soul that prompted Him to fulfill the promises of blessings.
Isaiah proclaimed that salvation would be brought to the Gentiles. In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke wrote the same thing. Eternal life was brought to all through the person of Jesus Christ. And just as in the days of Moses, today we have a choice to make, eternal life or eternal death. Who would not want to choose eternal life through the Savior, Jesus, our Christ?
The Bible tells us that God “has put eternity into man’s heart” (Ecc. 3:11). Every human being, at one time or another, inclines their hearts and minds to this fact. It is the decision we make at that point which decides our eternal fate.
Moses told the people that God’s Word was not far off where it could not be grasped, but rather very near and very close. Jesus is the Word. As eternity has been placed in every man’s heart, Jesus is “very near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” and that emptiness in our lives can only be filled through Him. To choose Jesus as your Lord and Savior is to choose life. Anything else is a decision for eternal death.
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days…”