Our Choices Have Consequences

Life is about having to make choices. Some can seem simple such as choosing between white or wholemeal bread, or between free-range or caged raised eggs. Then there are important choices. Such as, should I go see the doctor for that pain in the chest I have had for some time, or, should I just wait awhile as the pain may eventually just go away. Another example is illustrated in the following story:

The following is the transcript of an actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES’ ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT’S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.
Canadians: “This is a lighthouse. Your call.”

The story illustrates that the choices we make have consequences.
Jesus chose to stop to encounter a man born blind from birth. He makes mud using his own saliva and tells the blind man to go wash in a pool (named Siloam). The blind man is faced with the choice of not walking through the crowd with a face covered in mud (imagine how foolish he would have looked) or choose to follow Jesus directions as foolish as it may seem. To cut to the chase, the blind man chooses the latter and as a consequence, he is healed of his blindness. There is much to be gleaned from this story from John’s gospel, which we will explore this morning.

However, time and space does not permit this, so I want to conclude with a challenge to you this morning and ask what is Jesus is asking you to do? It may be a relationship that has broken down that needs to be repaired. It maybe, to be more accountable for your health, so your diet and exercising requires attending to. It may be to volunteer your time to serve the community, say, through delivering meals to the needy (Meals on Wheels?). Permit me to add by saying that HXUC (that’s us!) has many needs. It requires people to make it run in order to function as a church that responds to the needs of the community within as well as out to the wider community in general. And so, Jesus may be asking you to exercise your talents and gifts, even if you don’t feel capable yet have the desire to be involved in the various activities that are run by this church. Or, if you feel you want to start something new that would intentionally connect with the community, even if it seems foolish to you, hit me up for a chat. Friends, however you respond to this challenge, you will be exercising your ability to make a choice.

As I see it, the story of Jesus healing of the man born blind serves to highlight two important lessons for ourselves: First, that our choices have consequences. Second, that what seems impossible to humans is possible with God.

Peace with you during this Lenten journey.

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