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.’ Jeremiah 21:8
When traveling people often will have choices to make along the route. As one travels he may come upon a road that is closed due to road construction. To continue down that road, will lead to destruction by running off the road or getting stuck.
If he chooses the detour route, it will mean he can continue on safely. A choice has to be made.
God was getting read to destroy Israel as a nation and send the people into exile in Babylon. If they stayed in the city, they would die. If they went to Babylon in captivity, they would live. A choice had to be made between life and death.
There is still a choice for people to make to this day. Jesus died upon the cross and rose again to give every person a choice to make. The choice is still between life and death, captivity or personal freedom.
Making the choice of personal freedom, allows one to do what he wants and when he wants, but at the cost of death in the end. This is what sin is. It is doing everything to please self, and reject God.
Choosing to follow Jesus is to choose life, but in exile and captivity. One is bound to God to obey God. He is in exile away from this world and its sinful ways.
In the eyes of the world, this is suicide and ridiculous. And it is. Believers are to die to self so that they may live for Christ. It is the real path to real life that will last for all eternity, not just temporary happiness and enjoyment, ending in death.
Just as the Israelites had to make a choice between life and death, you must also make the same choice. This is not a one time choice, but a daily, even hourly or by the minute choice to make. You have to choose to die to self and to live for Christ on a regular basis.
Make the choice to follow and obey Christ. In the eyes of the world this is crazy, but in the end it is eternal life and worth the cost of being enslaved to God.
Choose today the path of life in Christ Jesus, and reject the path of death this world is on.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from all sin; that you will be a slave to God and His ways; and that you will know the abundant life Jesus has for you.