Life is a matter of choices. Every day, we make a series of decisions. Some are trivial, such as what sox to wear, while others determine success or failure in our lives. Scripture clearly reveals that we are who we are, and we are where we are because of the various choices we have made. We make choices - and then our choices make us! What you consistently choose will mark your life.
I once read of “the Law of Focus.” It states that “What we focus on, we make room for.” If you focus on making an “A” in a class, you will make room for the necessary study. If you focus on dating a certain person, you will make room in your schedule to get near him/her. The focus of our lives starts to determine the kind of input we receive, and that input begins to create a kind of thought-atmosphere in our minds. Our repetitive thoughts then determine our choices, and those choices determine our destiny.
Thus, our lives are actually built upon what we "choose" to go on inside our minds. We must build God's Kingdom within our thought life. As we learn to focus on God’s Kingdom, as we learn to think biblically, we develop a Christian/Kingdom worldview. This then shapes our decisions, and our lifestyles growingly conform to God’s word. If we are not focusing practically, consistently and actively on truths of the Kingdom of God, however, we will not have/make room for things of God. Our spiritual lives and our fervor will dissipate and dissolve.
Your spiritual growth will not just (naturally) happen; it requires good and consistent choices.
Joshua called Israel to choose who they would serve – the living God, or the gods of those around them (Joshua 24:15). As He called the people to make a choice, he declared that he and his household were choosing to follow the Lord. That’s the source from which they wanted input.
I believe we could paraphrase Galatians 6:7-8 as follows:
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps according to what he chooses. The one who chooses to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who chooses to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7-8)
Today, be careful to choose your thought-atmosphere, it’s more important than you might think.