Can you imagine being dropped in the middle of a place you’ve never been, with things surrounding you that you’ve never seen before? You question the reality of just how beautiful this place is. Everything seems so vibrant and lovely. It is strange to you, yet you feel at home.
That is a small glimpse into the eyes of the first man, Adam. It was all new to him, and it was all his to explore.
Adam’s start was simple. Out of the dust of the ground God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. By divine design God made Adam in His own image: body, soul, and spirit. He was unified with a holy God and gifted with a pure conscience. All of his body, soul, and spirit were in perfect harmony with God, and restlessness was nowhere to be found. In addition to everything that was in the earth, God gave Adam something more precious. From Adam’s own side, came his most compatible friend, Eve. There was nothing left to be desired…or was there?
“Could there be more beyond this garden? What about this one tree in the middle of Eden? What is it that God is keeping from us?” No doubt thoughts like these flashed through his innocent mind as he was handed the forbidden fruit by the one he loved. “Could there possibly be more?” The desire for something more secured his decision, and with one bite, sin entered into the world.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” Romans 5:12
Think of the effects of that ONE decision. One man, caught up in the moment, gives in to curiosity and pleasure; and for what? To be exiled from the Garden and shamed from the presence of Almighty God. Imagine feeling shame and guilt creep into your veins for the first time. But the guilt would not be close to all the pain and bondage that sin would bring to the entire human race. Everything was gone in a moment, and restlessness settled in.
We face decisions every day of our lives. It is our fundamental nature as men to assess and act. God blesses us with leadership and enables us to fulfill our responsibilities. But responsibility mandates decisions. Adam was given leadership over creation and had every blessing you could fathom: pure conscience, perfect environment, needs met, and holy companionship. But a perfect environment will never constitute a righteous decision. Sometimes we think that if our circumstances are easy and we are the man in charge, then we will make the right decisions. But Adam had every reason to do right, and he still gave in to his flesh.
Your decisions are never based upon something but are always based upon someone. It is not about what you are deciding, but who you are deciding to please. Perhaps you’ve heard this little tune: “Only two choices on the shelf, pleasing your God or pleasing yourself.” My friend, that is the ultimate foundation of every decision you make. You or Him? It’s not this or that, only you or Him.
Think back on the decisions you’ve made in the last week. Were they made to please Him? Or you? Every time I choose me, I make an absolute mess and hurt others around me. Don’t give in to the lie of Satan that your decisions only affect you. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
So, my challenge is simple. Whatever the decision is, choose Him. Get your eyes off what you’re doing and focus on Him. Ask yourself: Would God get the glory from this decision? Would this be in His best interest? Could the world see Christ in this decision?