The moment of truth

A split second decision… what would you do?

Gospel Graffiti II
Gospel Graffiti (Pic: Flickr)

Our decisions can haunt us. Did we make the right one? Did we act according to our beliefs, or morals? In the video above, the photographer stalks this scene, following the girl and the gunman. A silent plea for help from the girl. The photographer observes, recording history, and is rewarded for her outstanding shot. Yet, she is upset – haunted by her decision. She got the shot she wanted, but at what cost?

Every day we make similar decisions. It may not be as “life or death” as the scene in the video, but even still we make decisions. We must live with whatever decision we make. With every word that is said, with every action that we do – they make up who we are. They make up our character.

For the Christian, we believe that we will be called to account for our words and actions at the end of our lives. And we also believe that we can help guide our decision-making by living out the Gospel, by allowing our words, thoughts and actions to be shaped by the Bible. Does this help?

It can, but we can also be harder on ourselves – for when we make a mistake, we are often angry because we should have known better.

Thankfully, there is hope for us. John writes in his Gospel that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned.”

We will make mistakes in our actions, in our words and our thoughts. After all, we are only human. Maybe I have said something wrong in this post. But because Jesus died on the cross I am granted eternal life. Because I believe in him, he will not condemn me for the mistakes that I make. Yet, I will continue to strive, to live according to his glory, to share his message that all who believe in him will not perish, but have eternal life.

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Author: Ben Clapton

I'm an Officer in The Salvation Army, currently appointed with my wife as Corps Officers at the Rochester Corps in country Victoria (20 minutes out of Echuca). I play violin and guitar, amongst many others, and love golf and running.

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