Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Make the Right Decision

Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, and said unto him, art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?  -Matthew 11:2, 3 (KJV)

It would be easy to read the above passage and think that John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus to confirm for himself that Jesus was in fact the promised Messiah, the one everyone had been waiting for and expecting.  However, I cannot help but think that John sent his disciples to Jesus with the question not for his benefit, but for theirs.  John was already convinced that Jesus was the Son of God: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  (John 1:29).  John wanted his followers to have no doubt whatsoever that Jesus was the Christ.  The matter had already been settled in John’s mind to the point that he fully believed, for the Holy Spirit had revealed this truth to him.

To have a matter firmly settled in our minds is a wonderfully liberating experience.  We no longer struggle with doubts, questions, or fear that maybe we have been in the wrong.  Rather, we move forward in the confidence that our faith in God has properly directed us.  Without such firm and established faith we are left to wander ahead still plagued with doubts and uncertainty.  That, my friends, is not a happy frame of mind. 

Have you ever had a decision you needed to make and you simply weren’t sure about how to proceed?  We have all been there at one time or another.  That burden of uncertainty weighed upon us like a heavy boulder that would have crushed our spirits had we not finally came to a resolution.  Once you reached a decision and moved forward with that decision, there was hopefully a tremendous weight lifted from you.  Often times when I find myself at such a crossroad, I seek the Lord through prayer and meditation on the Word, but I also have been known to pose to myself a question: If I had to make a decision right now and this moment, what would it be?  Very often that decision is the one I choose.  That may not always be the case, as there are exceptions, but frequently that decision is the one I follow.  Bear in mind that decision comes after much prayer and careful consideration.

Are you in doubt about whether Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior who can forgive your sins and transform your life for the better?  If you had to make a decision right this moment, what would it be?  My prayer is that you will put your faith in Christ and receive Him as Savior and Lord. 

Make the right decision and trust the Lord.  He will then confirm in your heart that you are correct.  Jesus is Lord.

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