Sometimes when we are left looking at our lives at the moment of decision or crisis, we weigh the consequences. We list the pros, the cons, and we think about where each potential decision could lead us. Sometimes we are deciding between right and wrong. Sometimes we are deciding between good and best. Sometimes we are just deciding.
God has given us a few, very clear, commandments (this list is not exhaustive):
1) Die to ourselves daily and follow Him (Luke 9.23)
2) Put away sin (Rom 6)
3) Go make disciples of all the nation (Matt 28.18-20)
So when we are making decisions we can ask ourselves things like, “Am I dying to myself by making this decision?”, “Is this sinful?” and “Is this decision helping or hindering me to make disciples?”. We can always test and gauge ourselves by asking ourselves examination questions in our decision making and lifestyle choices. God has been clear about what He wants from us and how we are to live.
Last night my dad was reflecting on a missionary family that he has known since early adulthood. The man took his wife and son to Australia, living by raised support, and has been serving faithfully for over thirty years. He is now in his late fifties, his wife has many medical issues, they are still serving and the man owns nothing. My dad asked him if he had plans for retirement, and he said “I will keep working, I have nothing”. He has no house, he has no money, he has nothing to “fall back on”, as we like to say. He has given everything to God, and is trusting God to provide.
Charles Stanley encourages us simply:
Obey God and leave the consequences to Him.
God has promised us eternal life, to meet our needs, and to work all things together for His glory and our good. Even if we do not see radical blessings in our lives as a result of obedience while we are here on the Earth, we know that our treasure and our reward is in Heaven. So examine yourself, test your life, your decisions and your treasures against Scripture, and trust God for the outcome. He is in control. He will work it out.