How many decisions will you make today? Will you need to decide what you will prepare for supper? Will you decide how much money to withdraw from the bank? Will you need to determine how you will respond to someone else? Are you in the midst of making a larger, life-impacting decision?
We all make numerous decisions every day. We decide what we will eat. We decide the route we will drive to work. We select the groceries we will buy and where we will buy them. Often, we will decide what projects we will work on, whether at work or at home. We even decide if we are going to watch television or read our Bible. So many decisions are made every day, many without putting any serious thought to them.
Have you made the ultimate decision? The decision to follow Jesus Christ? To accept Him as your Lord and Savior? This is one of those decisions that should not be taken lightly. There is a cost to following Him. Sure, Jesus tells us that He will give us rest and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). But He also says we must give up everything to be His follower (Luke 14:28-33).
Much of what we must give up is the sinfulness we love so much. We must decide to leave behind the ways of the world. We must decide that we want to see others as Jesus sees them. We must give our fears over to Him. We are to commit our lives to becoming more like Jesus each day—following His teachings and His example. For many of us, giving up all this is very difficult. This is mostly due to our fear of how our family and friends might look at us. We don’t want to be ostracized.
Once we make that decision, how do we go about executing it? Jesus made it pretty plain and simple when we gave the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to His apostles shortly after He arose from the grave and prior to ascending to heaven. Of course, there is the maturity of a Christian that must take place over time, which is why He includes teaching in His command. As human beings, we continue to learn throughout our lives.
I pray for those who are in the midst of the decision-making process to decide to be a follower of Jesus Christ. I pray for those who haven’t yet faced that decision. I pray for those who are reaching out and teaching others about Jesus. May all make the decision to follow Jesus and continue in their maturity, increasing their faith each day. Make the decision today. Trust Him. Believe Him. Commit to Him.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”