“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Do your decisions show God your love for Him? Or do they show your love for self?
It was the middle of the night when I was trying to fall back asleep when the Spirit of God prompted me to climb out of my drowsiness and write this message.
I had sensed He was thanking me for obeying Him in my decision-making. But why? Of course I should obey God. We all should. That goes without saying. Why would God be thankful if in fact He was?
“Your decisions show your love for me,” I heard the Spirit of God speak to my heart.
There it was. This message. That God sees in our everyday decisions – both small decisions and big decisions – our love for Him. Or our lack of love for Him. Jesus said those who love Him obey Him.
Our decisions reflect our obedience to Christ – or lack thereof. When we decide to do what God desires, what God instructs us to do, what He leads us and guides us to do, we show Him our love, don’t we? Our faithfulness. Our devotion. Our loyalty to Him. Our commitment to Him.
When was the last time you thought about your decision-making? About the decisions you make on a regular basis? A daily basis? Like everything from if and what you watch on television, the music you listen to, the entertainment you partake of, what you eat, how you dress, how you speak to people, where you work, your attitude at work, how you spend time with your family if you do, how you spend your free time, what hobbies you choose, how you treat your cellmates in prison, how you act toward your bunk mates at the homeless shelter where you stay, what you do when God shows you you’ve done something wrong, how you spend your money, whether or not you give to others, if you go to church, whether you study the Bible, how you respond to people when they hurt you, whether you quit in the middle of something God has told you to do because it feels too hard or whether you persevere, how you react to hard news, etc.
How do you live your everyday life in the way of decisions? Can God see in your decisions and accompanying actions your love for Him? Sometimes we do the right thing only because we feel obligated. But there is an obedience to God that springs forth from our devotedness to Him. An obedience originating from a heart filled with love for Him.
Can God tell in your decisions and actions your love and passion toward Him? Or are you living for self? May our decisions be borne out of love for the Lord. May you and I bring Him joy, pleasure, honor, glory, and gladness in our decisions and actions – and right down to our very hearts!