This statement of Mary Baker Eddy riveted my attention this week:
“We cannot choose for ourselves, but must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught.”
When faced with choices to make, how often do we pursue the option we want rather than humbly yield to what God wants?
Perhaps in heated argument with a spouse, co-worker or boss, we choose to hold blindly to our position rather than opening thought to wider possibilities.
Perhaps deep in resentment, we cling to our complaints rather than choosing to forgive.
Perhaps deep in debt, we choose to justify the mire and make excuses for it rather than making radical changes to our attitude and lifestyle.
Perhaps when ill, we choose to continue believing we’re ill instead of spiritually and mentally siding with health and demonstrating freedom.
The roster of choices we make everyday is long…to be patient or impatient, generous or stingy, cheerful or grumpy, selfish or unselfish, lazy or productive…
Eddy’s words, “We cannot choose for ourselves…” is a very sobering thought to consider, because we usually believe we can choose for ourselves, and that it is a virtue to choose for ourselves. But influenced by selfish desire, the human mind often makes poor choices.
She continues, we “…must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught.”
Jesus did not pursue a selfish agenda. There was not one selfish bone in his body. He constantly lived to serve God, to work out the purposes of Love and live a life of spiritual integrity and truth. To live so incredibly unselfishly, he had to forsake all selfish desires, wants and ambitions. But his reward was eternal life, and there is nothing on earth worth pursuing to even compare.
So, we learn from Jesus. The better choice is always going to be the unselfish choice, the God-choice.
When we recklessly pursue selfish choices, we may feel like we’re succeeding, for a while, but eventually, we’re going to get slammed. The human ego is not a trustworthy guide or planner of long term happy, healthy, profitable living. It makes choices that lead down dead end roads and have to be reversed sooner or later.
The safer way is to be sure God is leading the way. And there’s no better time to start than today.
“We cannot choose for ourselves…” A desire for unselfish service to the purpose and intent of divine Love makes the better choice and leads to the best places.