Posts Tagged ‘decisions’

Every public place has an exit sign somewhere in case of some kind of potential danger. We don’t always look for the exit sign but we know it is there and are thankful there is a way out if there is a fire or something else that might happen to cause us to want to leave.

I find it easy to talk about following Jesus, having a radical faith or being a revolutionary like Jesus was during his day. But, I seem to always have several well marked exits just in case my lifestyle gets too challenged. If it requires “too much” financial investment, time that cuts into some ingrained routine I love, giving up my personal space, having to come clean rather than hiding a recurring thought, willing to live in a small minority with what I believe God wants my life to look like, eliminating living with “want” rather than “need” defining my purchases or requires an absolute commitment to putting others best interest ahead of mine, I too easily look for an exit.

This exit is a rationalization that more often reflects the Christian or secular culture. When I know I will probably be misunderstood by either of these groups, I can choose an exit so as to not stand out too much as radical.

In 2 Timothy 4:10 a man named Demas is mentioned as being in love with the world and abandoning Paul. Demas may have started out well but never completely made the break from the lifestyle that contradicted Paul’s and Jesus’. Their understanding of not being in love with the world seems incredibly too radical to be taken seriously thought Demas, and he saw an exit sign and went that way.

Psalm 73:25-after saying that only God mattered, David said “…nothing here on earth’s worth a second view.” The Word on the Street. What a challenging place to be in life. What a challenging trip to get there.

So, what will God have to bring into your life and mine in order to bring us to a point of making an absolute decision to live the life we were intended to live? God is always for us so he never gives up on us.

Dangerous Bonus Thought: 1 Corinthians 15:34

Some decisions are easier to go back on than others. I am at Moxie Java in Garden City, Idaho as I type this. I could have just as easily gone to Alia’s in Boise for morning coffee. I could have changed my mind on the way to Moxie very easily. Much of the time our decisions about commitment and culture addictions seem to be written in pencil rather than ink. Some decisions reflect an unwillingness to make a courageous choice to not waver with the issues. Think about the benefits of drawing a line regarding your unwillingness to compromise a commitment or an unhealthy involvement in the culture.

Matthew 6:24 and 1 John 2:15 & 16 present challenges that give us an opportunity to write our life with a pen or pencil. We often have such a belief system that allows us to vacillate whenever. “God must have used a pencil rather than a pen in these verses” we say. Or maybe our willingness to do what he says is more written with a pencil than a pen. We can try to justify our unwillingness to draw a line on compromise by thinking “I use a pen more often than a pencil in making decisions” We can think this justifies our moving or removing the line we have drawn but we need to break the pencil in half or better, throw it away.

Isaiah 27:9 clearly shows the commitment God expects from us. Our alter stones and Asherah poles look different today but our actions prove whether we are using a pen or pencil to make our commitments.

Where have you compromised the commitment God expects with regard to living in your culture or in your commitment to following Jesus? How should you deal with this?