How Long Will You Decide

We often find ourselves faced with decisions that we would rather not make. Yet, some decisions are unavoidable. One of the reasons we put off decisions is because it will require a change of direction. God continually places before us a choice. As Moses prepared to step aside as leader of the children of Israel he stated, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live" (Deut. 30:19).

I have known men who have spent many years looking into the truth of God's word, hearing it preached, and knowing what they should do. Yet, they never take that step of faithful obedience. For some it is simply accepting the command to be baptized into Christ, and lay down denominational creeds. For others it is a matter of changing a behavior they know to be contrary to what God would have them do.

How long until you decide? There is grave danger in thinking I will deal with this later. First, we do not know what tomorrow will bring. Life is fragile and the opportunity can cease in one breath. Secondly, the longer we distance ourselves from obeying the Lord the more difficult we may find it to make the changes necessary to please the Lord.

When Elijah found those who were sitting on the stool of indifference he asked, "how long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him" (1Kings 18:21). Are you in between?

(What is Truth? Vol. 15, Issue 4, Church of Christ at Fairview Park, Little Rock, AR)