By John Adams
After Jeff’s recent sermon on the power of choices, it has made me think more about the choices I make everyday.
Most often I notice that choices fall in the category of default rather than careful thought and consideration.
Often choices hinge more on what we want or don’t want or what works with our schedule.
In order to make godly choices, we need to stop, think, and ask ourselves a couple questions: Who, What, and Why?
Who is going to get the glory and/or gratification from this choice (Colossians 3:17)?
What does God say about it (Psalm 119:9-11)?
Why am I doing this? Is it bettering someone’s life? Will I be an example of Christ through this (2 Corinthians 5:20)?
These were the questions laid out for us in Jeff’s sermon.
But the thing that keeps me from asking those questions is not that I don’t want to ask myself these questions, it’s that I don’t even consider that there’s a choice or decision to be made.
I think this had to be part of what Paul was talking about in Romans 7:15 when he said “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do…”
So the question becomes how do I become aware enough of the choices I make to stop, consider, and ask myself these types of questions BEFORE I make the choice?
The only answer is through the Holy Spirit.
And the main chance I have of becoming in touch with His leading is by asking for that. I pray that my choices would be godly ones. I pray that I would recognize the decisions that are before me moment by moment. I pray that I will stop and ask myself good questions like these before I make decisions.