It’s not that we choose Christ like we choose a meal, a player for our fantasy league teams, an umbrella on a cloudy day, or the best life coach. These choices are basic, not really of greatest importance or lasting significance.
When we say we choose Jesus, we are saying “I must have you Jesus, or I’m doomed.”
This insight of our utter need of a savior, seeing Jesus as that savior, and hearing His call to come and command to repent is grace filled kindness in its greatest form. It’s a choice for air, for life, for hope, for forgiveness, for a new heart, new life blood, for a new “object of our worship”. A basic ascent of biblical knowledge can lead all to see that Jesus is good, that sin is bad, and we need help. But it is the Spirit of God through the Word that causes us to see that Jesus is our greatest necessity and hope to raise our dead hearts to life. Our choosing is really an unquestionable “have to have”.
The gospel opens the doors and exposes life and death through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
-Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
John 6:68-69 ESV