Scripture tells us we cannot serve two masters. This is the classic “either-or” dichotomy. You can do both. You must choose one. Jesus uses this dilemma is describing choices. I think this is worth an examination. There are probably many of these choices that go unnoticed because we are not tuned into what the Holy Spirit is telling us. Here are six such dichotomies and my reflections.
YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE GOOD OR EVIL
In this dichotomy, one will lead you to heaven and one will not. An Orthopedic Surgeon told me one time that I was wasting my life as a Lay Cistercian, chasing spiritual windmills that don’t do anything but take up time. I asked him which profession will get us to heaven? Of course, his assumptions are that neither one will because there is no heaven, no hell.
Professor Dumbledore tells Harry Potter, in the Chamber of Secrets movie about the choices we make.
“[The sorting hat] only put me in Gryffindor,” said Harry in a defeated voice, “because I asked not to go in Slytherin…”
“Exactly,” said Dumbledore, beaming once more. “Which makes you very different from Tom Riddle. It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
Read Philippians 2:5-12. Jesus became one of us, astoundingly, to give us that choice of good so that evil would not be the default in each age. That is the Good News. Christ not only give us the choice of what is good but tells us he is the way, the truth, and the life. Our life is all about discovering what that means. What that means is all about love (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Matthew 22:37). Love is all about loving others because Christ first loved us. I have been honored to be selected by the Lay Cistercians of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Monastery, Conyers, Georgia, to join them in this search.
As the Knight says to Indiana Jones, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0TalLrtZ24
You are not able to choose Christ if there are no choices. There are consequences to all our choices, good ones and bad one. We may not seem them at once, but they are there. The wages of sin are death. The choice of Christ is everlasting life. Choose wisely.
Praise to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever. The God who is ,who was, and who is to come at the end of the ages. Amen and Amen. –Cistercian doxology