Furthermore, tell the people, “This is what the Lord says: See, I am setting before you the way of life and the way of death.” - Jer 21:8
In this case, God told Jeremiah that the people could surrender to Nebuchadnezzar if they wanted to live. They would have to leave the city and their sins behind them and go into captivity, but it would be a form of repentance. It would be turning away from the evil they had known. And it allows God the ability to keep a remnant of Israel.
We have the same option in life through Jesus. He has placed the same option in front of each person through the cross. I can either choose life and follow Him or I can choose death and serve my own flesh and desires. When I choose life, however, I find that I have life now and life eternal, the Good Life.
Each day I must sit and choose whether I am going to choose life or death. Do I serve the Lord today or serve my desires today? It is not as if my salvation is in question each and every day, but I am worried about the salvation of others that might see my actions. I must not only choose life, but also represent life to other people. I cannot be running around drinking and carousing, if I represent Christ, because my actions are actually representing death, we become the definition of hypocrisy.
Furthermore, if my mission in life, once choosing life, is to bring others to that life, how do I accomplish this if my actions don’t honor my words? I can’t, so I must wake up each day and choose to be life to the people I come into contact with. I must choose life for those who would see me and say, why do you look so alive. I must choose life, so that when I say Christ, people respond to the Gospel.
I will choose life today. I will choose to represent the Savior in the best way I can. If I fail, I will represent and choose life once again. I will not take advantage of the grace given to me that I did not deserve. I will choose to forgive and to love the unlovable, I will choose to put sin away and give glory to God. I will choose life today!