Jeremiah 21:8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
Here’s a dilemma for the house of Judah. In Jeremiah 21:8 Jeremiah is told; “And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.” God is telling them how to live. You would think, anyone who heard this would choose to live. However, in the next verse God lays out the choice they will have to make. Jeremiah 21:9 says; “He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.” If you want to live, then you have to surrender. If you do not surrender, if you stay where you are, clinging to all your earthly things, well, then you will die in this city. It’s simple right? Surrender, and LIVE!
It is basically the same choice that people struggle with today. If you want to have eternal life, well, then surrender your life to Christ. In Mark 8:35-37 it says; “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” It’s simple right? If you want to live, I mean really live eternally, surrender and LIVE!
Sadly, many are tied to earthly things, just as some who stayed behind in Jeremiah’s day, and they died. God has set before us the way of LIFE. Jesus said in John 14:6 “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Have you surrendered?
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