(From the sermon entitled, “Ang Dapat Maunawaan ng Bawat Tao sa Kanilang Ginagawang Desisyon o Pagpapasiya” for dates January 16 and 19, 2014)
Freewill is one of the best things that God has given to all human beings. Whatever we like to do, we have the freedom to do it. However, whatever we decide in our lives, there will always be repercussions. The consequences may be positive or much worst, can be negative.
There are people who decide for themselves alone. They do not seek advise to any one except for themselves. The parable of Christ regarding the rich man proves it.
“The land of a certain man of great wealth was very fertile: And he said to himself, What is to be done? for I have no place in which to put all my fruit. And he said, This I will do: I will take down my store- houses and make greater ones, and there I will put all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have a great amount of goods in store, enough for a number of years; be at rest, take food and wine and be happy.” (Luke 12: 16-19)
There is nothing wrong with planning and chasing for a better life. It is normal to dream about having a wealthy life. If we attained that status, there is also nothing wrong with enjoying what we have accomplished in life just like the rich man did. However, the rich man overlooked the biggest thing that should be done in his life, and that is, to include God in all his decisions and plans.
“But God said to him, You foolish one, tonight I will take your soul from you, and who then will be the owner of all the things which you have got together? So that is what comes to the man who gets wealth for himself, and has not wealth in the eyes of God.” (Luke 12: 20-21)
Indeed, there are people who do not include God in their lives. For them, they got their wealth and abundance through their own doing. They do not think that God is behind their prosperity. The Bible has something to say about that.
“Say not then, in your hearts, My power and the strength of my hands have got me this wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:17)
Then, there are people who plan for their lives as if they can control everything, as if they have the power over their lives. Apostle James tells us,
“How foolish it is to say, Today or tomorrow we will go into this town, and be there for a year and do business there and get wealth: When you are not certain what will take place tomorrow. What is your life? It is a mist, which is seen for a little time and then is gone. But the right thing to say would be, If it is the Lord’s pleasure and if we are still living, we will do this and that.” (James 4:13-15)
Other than these kinds of people, there are those who plan and decide very fast and sudden. They don’t think about their decisions, that’s why mostly; it leads them to commit mistakes and sins against God.
Committing sin is a decision. It is a decision to let it happen on us, to let sin enter in our lives. Judas Iscariot is an example. He decided to sell Christ for thirty pieces of silver and in the end; he decided to end his own life. (Matthew 27:3-5)
What do we need to understand then, if we would make decisions in the future?
First and foremost, as God’s servant, we should assure that any decision we make is pleasing, righteous and according to the faith and will of God. Jesus says,
“And why are you, in your hearts, unable to be judges of what is right?” (Luke 12:57)
To make it easy and ensure that it would be according to God’s will, we need to seek God’s advise. Let us ask the Lord God. Knowing His will therefore, is necessary. Only through His will we can assure that we are doing the right thing. It is important to know His will so that we will not be foolish and unaware in His eyes.
“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)
These questions can help us though.
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
- Herbert Taylor (1930, Club Aluminum Products)
It is also important, however, that if even if God allowed us to do anything we want, we should not forget that God advised us to “choose life, so we could have life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
In everything we do, in everything we decide, do not forget that we are responsible for our faith. Any consequences of our decisions should not be blamed to anyone or to God, especially if the repercussions cause us sufferings.
As servants, we should imitate the examples of the early servants who showed righteousness in making their plans and decisions. Job is an example that we should follow. He assured that he never astray from God’s will and instructions.
“For he has knowledge of the way I take; after I have been tested I will come out like gold. My feet have gone in his steps; I have kept in his way, without turning to one side or to the other. I have never gone against the orders of his lips; the words of his mouth have been stored up in my heart.” (Job 23:10-12)
If only for ourselves, we cannot assure that all our decisions are correct because usually, all things that are seems right to us is destructive in the end. (Proverbs 16:25)
What will be the effect of choosing the things that are not according to the will of God?
The Bible is clear in saying that choosing life will give us life. In contrast, if we choose death, we will not live. God’s wraths are guaranteed for those who chose wickedness over His will.
“Even the one whose coming is marked by the working of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, And with every deceit of wrongdoing among those whose fate is destruction; because they were quite without that love of the true faith by which they might have salvation. And for this cause, God will give them up to the power of deceit and they will put their faith in what is false: (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11)
Life is an echo. Anything that we give in life will come back to us. If we do good, good things will eventually come to us. However if we planted bad things, it will also come to us.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”(Galatians 6:7)
Let us not be sudden in anything that we plan or decide in life. We can do anything we want, however we have to be careful not to deviate from the will of God. All things should only be for the glory of our Lord God.
“Let us make the decision for ourselves as to what is right; let us have the knowledge among ourselves of what is good.” (Job 34:4)