by Rev. James Wong
To be decisive is to make a clear decision on a course of action. The result is clarity of purpose and action. However, our decision must be well-informed and based on good judgment. We must try to perceive the impact and the implications of the decision. Indecisiveness arises from fear or the laziness to do critical thinking will lead to procrastination and inaction.
If a word is to be chosen to describe the life of Joshua, it is the word “decisiveness.” His finest moment came when he stood in front of his people and cried, “... choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." (Josh 24:14).
We must come to absolute certainty concerning major issues of life and the business of serving God. If Joshua would lead our church today, he will be saying, “You are clear about the vision. You have heard the plan. You know what need to be done. It is now decision time. You got to make up your mind and make a decision now. You need to get on board or stay clear because this coach is leaving the station.”
Today, to be a follower of Jesus Christ, to be a member of the church, life group involvement, tithing, serving in ministry, daily devotion, conflict resolution in relationships, amending our bad habits, improving our attitude, caring for someone, Bible reading … in all these we need to make bold and calculated decisions. We need to make tough and sometimes, costly choices, to live for God. Life is not a game and spiritual growth is not something that is to be taken lightly. The Bible does not teach that life is a fairy tale. Life is a battle, a race and being faithful to God to the end (see 2 Tim 4:7). Here are some major issues to consider:
1. What decisions you need to make concerning your spiritual life, serving God and your relationship with God?
2. What decisions you need to make concerning your family, your marriage and other relationships?
3. What decisions you need to make concerning your career advancement?
4. What decisions you need to make concerning your finance, your health, personal habits and other pertinent issues of your life?
Your answers to the above will determine your course of action and the outcome of your life. May God give us Joshua’s decisiveness.