If we are obedient to God, do we really have a choice in life’s big decisions? I’m not necessarily asking the question in a deep, theological sense. Although, we could discuss this one for hours. I’m really asking it for practical purposes.
Yesterday, I had a great conversation with a VERY successful Christian businessman. The context of our conversation was around business, success, and money. He shared the goal of making $1 million dollars a year. I told him that as a pastor, I would never make that kind of money. He told me that I chose the wrong profession. I don’t think he was saying that I chose the wrong profession for me. I think he was saying that if I wanted to make a million dollars annually, that I chose the wrong profession.
So that led me to thinking (and maybe this is a deep, theological question). I really didn’t choose to be a pastor. God chose me. When I prayed that prayer, “Anywhere, Anytime, Anything”, I surrendered my life to God’s will and calling.
In the early years of my Christian walk, I memorized approximately 500 Bible verses/passages. And these truths from God’s word have shaped my life and decisions. They have also been the foundation of my prayer life. Most of my “prayer circles” are based on a promise from God’s word. I try to pray Scripture which helps me know God’s good, pleasing and perfect will.
So, when I make big decisions or small ones, I run them through the grid of God’s word in my mind and heart. Right after I graduated from college (21 years old), I was questioning my decision to go into full-time ministry. And after MUCH council during my prayer time one morning, God spoke John 15:16 to me.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 15:16
Did I choose to be a pastor or did God choose me? Whatever the case, I think I made the right choice. 🙂
And I would say the same goes for you. If you’ve committed to live your life according to God’s word, there are many things in life that you really do not have a choice. That is if you are truly being obedient to God and His word.