Do you want to make the right decisions in your life? If yes, here are 5 important principles you should use when making decisions.
Have you ever experienced being torn between two decisions? I do.
Have you ever experienced asking God a sign like that thunderbolt from heaven to let you know what you should do? Well, I also do.
I believe most of us had experienced how hard it is to choose between two choices especially if all options are not morally wrong.
So, when the time comes for you to make a decision, how do you do it? Whether you are deciding which college to go to, which career to take, where to live, which friends to choose, or anything that needs your decision-making ability, it is always helpful to have some principles to live by.
Thus, in this blog, let me share with you 5 important principles you should remember when making a decision.
1. Start with What is Clearly Commanded in the Bible
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
The others are just optional.
By this, you might know what I am talking about. If one choice will lead you to compromise God’s commandment, then you need to cross that option out of your list. If you really want to know God’s will for you then let Him guide you by not compromising with your Christian values.
2. Seek Godly Advice
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Prov. 11:14).
Seeking counsel from your pastor or elder can be a great help. They have been endowed by God with godly wisdom and they can give you sound Bible-principled advice.
You will be really amazed by how much wisdom you can get from them. Moreover, you can also approach brethren who have been in the same situation before. They can give you information from their perspective. After receiving advice, pray to God that He will let you see more clearly with the pieces of advice you gathered.
3. Choose the Option which will Glorify God
“For you were bought at a price; therefore GLORIFY God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:20).
Like what was already mentioned, some options are really not morally wrong. In this case, you should ask yourself if the decision you are about to make will help you glorify God. This includes being a light of the world so that when they see your good works, people will be driven to glorify God.
There are some choices that are less beneficial when seen through the lenses of human eye but more spiritually fulfilling through the eyes of God.
Dedicating your life to God’s work is one good area to start with and from there you can start aligning every decision of your life with that choice.
There are times that both choices are not morally wrong or right. In this case, God gave us the freedom of choice and whichever you choose, learn by heart that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
4. List the Pros and Cons of your Options
“A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished” (Proverbs 22:3; 27:12).
It is very important to not just analyze your options in your mind. You need to write them down to get a better picture of your options.
In case if you have two choices, label them as option A and option B. Concentrate on option A first. Make two columns by drawing a line between them. Write on top of the left column as the ‘pros’ and the right side as ‘cons’ or vice versa.
Try to list all the positives and negatives of your option A. After that, you should rate each item depending on how much impact they can make in your life. Finally, add all the points in one column and do the same to the other column. Then you should subtract the negative from the positive.
When you have the answer, do these same steps to the other option and see the difference between the negative and the positive. Finally, compare the results of both options A and B. The one with the highest score is most probably the best choice.
5. Ask for God’s Will
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (I John 5:14).
We all pray for God’s will to be done. But how much do we really mean it? Are we REALLY prepared to step out of our comfort zone and trust God that the ultimate result of following Him will lead to our own good?
In making a crucial choice or even a simple one, you need to look for what is important to God and what He wants for you – NOT what you want for your life.
We are already counted “as sheep for the slaughter (Romans 31:36)” and we are supposed to be dead already as we bury ourselves in that watery grave.
We need to realize that “it is no longer (we) who live, but Christ lives in (us)” (Galatians 2:20) as we come out from the water. Therefore, we do not have any right to complain every time we suffer for God’s sake.
As we start to follow God’s will, remember that His will is for our ULTIMATE good and “no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11).
Have a submissive and humble attitude when you pray. Ask for a willing heart to obey.
Make the right decisions in life
These are just some of the best principles that you can use when making decisions. Remember that God is not the author of confusion and He is more than eager to direct your path.
Though every once in a while we make the wrong choices, do not forget that these wrong choices will remain as a mistake if you do not learn from them.
I sincerely hope that all of us will make the right choices in our lives as we strive harder to make it to God’s Kingdom!