Choosing Our Path: Fruitfulness or Destruction
There are choices we have to make on a daily basis such as: what to wear, what to eat, which route to take to work that has the least traffic, which project at work to complete first, whether to go out or stay in, what to watch on television, what music to listen to, what time to go to bed to get enough rest for the following day, and so many others. We also have to make choices about those with whom we interact and share our innermost thoughts, feelings and dreams.
Have you ever been misjudged or wrongfully accused? How about mislabeled or gossiped about? Or... have you ever been the one misjudging, wrongfully accusing or gossiping about others? I’m sure at some point in our lives, we’ve all been on either the receiving or giving end of such things. But, today I want to focus on the fact that our decisions each day will ultimately lead us on a path of fruitfulness or destruction?
Psalm Chapter 1 (NLT) says:
“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.”
The advice we choose to follow, the people we allow to have influence over our lives, the people we allow to speak into our lives, those with whom we choose to spend our time, those in leadership positions of organizations with whom we choose to associate, the things on which we focus the most... they all have a direct impact on whether our lives will result in fruitfulness or destruction.
In Psalm 1, the psalmist gives us a clear picture of how our decisions impact the direction of our lives. Who are you spending time with? Mockers and sinners, or encouragers and Christ-followers? Who are you allowing to speak into your life? Gossipers and naysayers who are filled with negativity and despair, or purpose-pushers who challenge you and inspire you to pursue God's will and His best for your life? What advice are you listening to? Whose leadership are you following? The people with whom we choose to spend our time will significantly influence how we respond to situations, how we react to our circumstances, and how we navigate through life.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NLT) says:
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
When we choose to focus on the will of God, His Word, and actively pursue what He has called us to do, He blesses the work of our hands and causes our path to lead to blessings and fruitfulness. We are not blessed because we’re so great at what we do, but because we have chosen to do it for His glory. When we follow His will, we are connected to an everlasting source of life, strength, power, authority, fulfillment and righteousness.
A large part of living a peaceful, focused, God-pleasing life involves having the right counsel - men and women of God who are wise, insightful, healed, whole and surrendered to the will of God. Godly counselors who not only live for Christ themselves, but are committed to seeking Him on your behalf in order to hold you accountable.
“People lose their way without wise leadership, but a nation succeeds and stands in victory when it has many good counselors to guide it.”
Proverbs 11:14 (TPT)
Those of us who choose to follow Christ wholeheartedly and do what He has called us to do can live at peace and be encouraged. God Himself is watching over our path, and has promised fruitfulness as we surrender to Him in obedience!