Here are two real characters, I wonder how many of you recognize them…
Here’s a hint: No, this isn’t from a movie! These boys are really quite famous apart from Hollywood, although they would both have been great movie characters. On the left is David Lloyd George who was Prime Minister of Great Britain, and on the right is a young Winston Churchill, who was First Lord of the Admiralty. (For us Americans, that’s roughly equivalent to Secretary of the Navy) Here they are chatting away as they stride down the street during the first world war. I don’t know what they are talking about, maybe how to win the war, or possibly they are up to political plotting, or maybe what to have for lunch!
Here is something that I do know about these two: Both of them made decisions that affected the course of history, that affected who would live and who would die. Both of them shaped the future of the world in various ways, sometimes for good, and sometimes not so good…
As we go through life, we too make momentous decisions. Oh, don’t you think you make momentous decisions? OK, maybe you aren’t the prime minister or a king, but you do make decisions that impact others’ lives!
The greatest decision that anyone ever makes is the decision about whether or not to follow Jesus Christ. This one has eternal consequences. Have you decided to raise your children in the faith? This too has eternal consequences; this time for other people. Have you made a decision to serve Jesus Christ by doing your bit to share the gospel of salvation? Here’s another hugely important choice that will impact the lives of others for eternity.
History has both praised and criticized these two men for their choices; what would history say of our lives. Would it say that we neglected our calling and let others die? Or would it say that we rose to the occasion and led others from death into everlasting life?
Pardon me for saying so, but I rather think that this is a big deal.