I recently asked my son whether he was ready for bed. The answer was, “I don’t know,” which is a normal answer from him. To get him to be more direct, I gave him criteria: is your room clean, are your teeth brushed, have you laid out your clothes for tomorrow? If the answer to any of those questions is no, then you’re not ready. Of course, he hung his head and walked away to complete the tasks set before him.
When I am faced with choices in life, sometimes my answer is, “I don’t know. Should I or should I not?” It can be frustrating. If I had some criteria to measure the decision against, I might know better how to answer and what my answer should be.
Any number of decisions are set before me each day. A job opportunity might be offered (happened today), a purchase decision (happens almost every day), a relationship (happened last week), even whether to buy tacos. Yes, I said tacos. The struggle is real, people.
What criteria can I use to judge what I should do? The Word.
When I study the Word, the Holy Spirit will bring to my remembrance what the Word says. “The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will make you remember all that I have told you” (John 14:26).
Yes, it sounds a little silly to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to me whether I should buy tacos, but I am called to “prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess 5:21). Even the smallest decisions of the day have an impact on me. Nothing should be done idly.
Here are a few verses I’ve found useful for daily choices and even major decisions:
1. Will my choice allow me to “follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1Tim 6:11b)? YES or NO? There is no grey area.
2. Will my decision produce good fruit? “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).
3. If I were to allow the Lord to look into my heart upon deciding, would He see righteous motives (“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.”)?
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”Philippians 4:8 KJV
If at any point my decision does not measure up to even this verse alone, should I even be considering it?
Challenge: This period of Lent (and hopefully for the rest of my life), I’m going to strive to make every decision measured against the Word. As I dig in, I want to be more led by the Spirit than ever before. I want to honor God with every bit of my life. That being said, this Lenten season, I will be measuring every decision I can against the Word (especially Philippians 4:8). I’ll post progress as I can throughout the project and hopefully will be more reliant on the leading of the Spirit through this endeavor. If you want to join me, send me a message! The more, the merrier!