On Monday I posted about the danger of feeling invincible because of God’s provision. I want to follow up on that post by briefly talking about how then Christians should make decisions. The fact that so many people within the church feel as if they can do anything and the Lord will provide exactly what they want demonstrates how important it is for Christians to know how to make godly decisions. For some this means waiting for a special word from the Lord. For others, this means an impression or a feeling of leading. Still others just make decisions as if they were not Christians. But are any of these right? I don’t think so. We as Christians must be looking to God’s word to help us make decisions. I truly believe that the Bible is capable of renewing our minds, and giving us the wisdom that we need to make decisions. This is how we find the will of God: We read what He has revealed to us as His will!
What does this look like?
The Bible consistently teaches that Christians have been created to honor God with their lives.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
The implication of this truth is that God does not expect us to hit some bull’s-eye with every decision we make. Rather, God expects us to honor Him by the decisions we make. Marriage is a great example. You can read your Bible from cover to cover and it will never tell you who to marry. However, it will tell you what kind of man/women to look for. Thus, the Christian does not have to make sure that marrying “so-in-so” is God’s specific will. Instead, the Christian should look at “so-in-so” and ask if “so-in-so” meets the standards that God has set. If so, then marrying “so-in-so” will bring glory to God, and you will be doing the will of God.
We must remember that as Christians we are slaves to God. This is how the apostles introduced themselves, and this is how Christ described us. As slaves we have the obligation to please our master. This means that when it comes to decisions like should I marry “so-in-so” we should be concerned with pleasing our master. If we have this attitude as we make decisions we will not have to worry about confusing invincibility with God’s provisions; and we will not become paralyzed as we seek “God’s perfect will.”
I know that these thoughts have been rather disjunctive, and not as articulate as I would have liked. However, these issues have recently come up in several shepherding situations and they have been on my heart as of late. I hope that these posts will help you to investigate these issues for yourself, and come up with a more articulate treatment of the subject.