Word of the Month

Making clear decisions

March 2011

Jesus once said that a kingdom divided against itself will fall apart (cf. Matthew 12: 25). History proves this. How many kingdoms and countries have not fallen apart already because no consensus could be reached on key issues? Marriages have fallen apart, families have separated, and companies with a long tradition have shut down because people could no longer come to an agreement on important things. The Lord ties the following statement - words of utmost significance - into His thoughts: “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Matthew 12: 30). A very clear statement! This means that we have to make a definite decision: either for or against the Lord. This is something we cannot avoid. Those who do not decide for Christ, who do not confess Him as their Lord and Saviour, inevitably decide against Him.

Many people prefer to steer clear of having to make a definite decision. It is often easier than having to take a clear stance on something. If they find themselves between two divergent positions, they sometimes decide for the one and sometimes for the other - all depending on where they see advantages for themselves. Or they will try to take a neutral position. In our relationship with the Lord there is no such possibility. We cannot take a neutral stance here, nor can human beings conduct themselves in a “neutral” manner toward God. The only option is to choose for either one or the other. Jesus already had to say to His contemporaries: “If you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins” (cf. John 8: 24).

Sometimes we make decisions to which we are not entirely committed because we are not completely convinced. The effects of this will make themselves felt sooner or later. Such decisions are not of an enduring nature.

Where our faith is concerned, indecision could ultimately call everything into question. We cannot decide for the Lord fifty percent and for someone else fifty percent. If we are truly with the Lord, this means that our lives revolve around Him and the gospel. Certainly we do not always succeed at this one hundred percent, but we definitely make every effort to do so. Let us examine our hearts to see whether we are consistent in our decision for the Lord - and whether we are just as consistent in our rejection of Satan and all his work and ways. Here too we have to decide for either one or the other.  

(From a divine service by the Chief Apostle)