One Choice

This morning I want to share some of my experiences working in finance.  Working at a trading firm made a lasting impression.  Success in trading stocks, options, and other financial instruments isn’t necessarily based on hard work.  Trading is all about making the right decision, and that was the culture at the firm.  If you made the right trading decisions, nothing else really mattered.  Success was objective.  It was measured in profit: dollars and cents.  After a while, you start to make all of your decisions based on analyzing the data, weighing all of the risks and rewards, and coolly calculating the correct choice.  Pretty soon, the way you view life is as the sum of all your decisions, and you start to measure yourself by your salary and bank account.  It’s a horrible, miserable, and unsatisfying life.  Jesus said,

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?  For what can a man give in return for his soul? – Mark 8:35-37

Life isn’t measured by gaining money or possessions in this world.  The sum of our life will ultimately be judged not on many decisions, but on one all-consuming decision.  At the end of the age, we will be judged on whether our name is written in the Book of Life.  Only those who have given their life to Jesus, and have been washed in His blood, will enter into eternal life.


All of our decisions will be boiled down to this one overriding decision. If a decision has any weight or consequence to it, it will be judged according to whether it was done in faith and service to Jesus: whether it served Him and ‘the least of His brethren’ or whether it served some other purpose.  Paul said it like this:

One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. – Philippians 3:13-15

The world around me and where I worked had an effect on the way I thought.  For a while, I was fooled into pursuing something other than Jesus.  Maturity in Christ is about not getting pulled away from pursuing Jesus, and His will on the earth.  Let’s make the one choice to pursue Jesus with everything we have!

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