How to make Godly decisions

12 09 2012

Decision-making among Christians seems to be very complicated. Manmade christian religion suggests that we must discover, know, and make decisions in accord with the “will of God.” This precise “will of God” is often viewed as if it were a predetermined plotted course, and we must go orienteering with our spiritual compass to find God’s plotted course for our lives.

Some consider searching for the “will of God” to be somewhat like water-witching for the source of God’s hidden rivers. Others approach the “will of God” as if it were a maze wherein we are like rats trying to find our way to God’s goal. Still others view the search for the “will of God” to be a random process of bouncing off of the walls of life. Christians are looking for the “will of God” in all the wrong places.

We have the freedom to make any choice within the context of the empowering character of God. God doesn’t care whether you drive a Ford, or a Toyota; but He does care whether His character is exhibited while you drive. God doesn’t care whether you choose a white shirt or a coloured shirt, a print dress or a pant-suit; but He does care whether you allow for the “fruit of the Spirit” in your behaviour while you wear whatever you wear.

We have great latitude and liberty in our decision-making as Christians – even in our relationship choices. Christians can “rest” in the freedom they have in Christ.

The contortions that many Christians go through in their decision-making are a mockery of human function. Many Christians are “putting out fleeces” (Judg. 6:36-40) to see if God will jump through the hoops and confirm their decisions. Others are “waiting on God” in indecision, failing to understand that indecision is itself a decision not to decide, and that is often a decision not to rely on Christ within. Some are paralyzed and immobilized by the fear of making a mistake, of making a wrong choice, or a less than perfect decision in accord with the hidden “will of God.” They become paranoid in their questioning, “Is this what I want to do, or is this what Jesus wants to do?” How do I decide? Such troubled restlessness is the neurotic way of Christian religion.

On the other hand, there are Christians who claim to have a “perfect God-sniffer” for their decisions, they say things like, “God told me to do this; God told me to do that.” It is really amazing how often their “god” changes his mind and direction!

God always chooses to express His character by the dynamic of His Son, Jesus Christ, in human behaviour. That does not relieve us from decision-making. We are choosing creatures who are responsible to make choices in life. Jesus’ statement, “Not My will, but Thine be done” (Lk. 22:42), which does not deny the responsible choice that Jesus had to make in facing death.

So, how do we make choices in our will in accord with the “will of God” within us? When we are secure in our identity in Christ and the sufficiency of Christ within, we face the choices of life by realistically considering the available options and alternatives, consulting with others if we consider such helpful (Prov. 15:22; 20:18; Lk. 14:28). We make a decision, trust our decisions, and act with confidence – willing to take responsibility for our willed decisions without blame-shifting, and willing to live with the consequences of our choices.

Christians will find soul-rest in their decision-making when they realize that their decisions are not earth-shattering, God-destabilizing, choices set in concrete. We can take comfort in the words of Samuel’s commissioning of Saul,

1Sa 10:7 GW  When these signs happen to you, do what you must, because God is with you.

Having made a decision, we reckon it to be of God and assume it to be right, unless God reveals otherwise.

So in closing, what exactly is God’s will?

The “will of God” is not something exterior to the Christian that we must seek to discover and find, and then aim at it as if it were the bulls-eye of a target. No, we have the “will of God” within us, and the “will of God” is always the life and character of Jesus lived out as us and through us to the glory of God.


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