December 30, 2014 by maryruwe
I see crossroads. The dictionary defines a crossroad as: a road that crosses a main road or runs between main roads; a place where roads meet; a crucial point where a decision must be made.
So crossroads are intersections of decisions that have the potential of changing our lives completely. They either lead us to the will of God or away from Him. Each decision has a cost-value to it. So “counting the cost” of a decision, for every decision, is very important.
Crossing a road in the natural takes more than one step. Each step is based on the previous step. Each step represents a decision we make. Each step leads us further to a destination; either a wrong one or a right one, either in the Will of God or away from the Will of God.
Since we can’t always see the ‘end results’ (the consequences) of our decisions, we may be vulnerable to making a wrong choice. Thus is the very reason for a needful evaluation of counting the cost of each decision. Counting the cost of the end results will certainly bring us closer to making a right decision; a better decision. We all have to learn to count the consequences of our decisions, even small decisions that we think are insignificant. The desired result and life of our tomorrows begin with decisions we make now. Always count the cost of the consequences of a decision before making that decision.
In the natural we were taught as children to look both ways before we cross a road. We need to do the same thing in making decisions. Look both ways. Ask yourself, “what if …I do this? What if …I do that?” It helps us see more clearly what the consequences are to our decisions. Then, look past that consequence to the next one because one decision always leads to another decision.
We need to know and understand that being near danger can have as much the same devastating result or consequence as being in the middle of the road. A child playing on the side of a road may think they are safe, and though it may be somewhat safer than then playing in the middle of the road, they could still be in danger if a car or truck swerves. For the teen it may be going out to the mall or to a movie with friends. This is why it is so very important to choose our friends wisely. Though you yourself may not be looking to do anything wrong, please know that even if just one person in the group is making wrong choices, it puts everyone in jeopardy; that’s where the term, ‘guilty by association’ comes from. Always count the cost of decisions, yours and others in the group. This is why the Bible tells us to ‘abstain from the appearance of evil’, (1 Thessalonians 5:22). We must stay away from the appearance of it ….the location of it … the situation of it… and the pressure of it.
Every decision we make leads us to the next decision in our lives. Each sequence of decisions and consequences then requires another set of decisions. Each has the potential of leading us in a direction that can change our lives and our destinations, either out of the will of God or into the will of God. Every area of our lives has decisions to be made and they always lead to more decisions. God tells us to ‘count the cost’ of building a house. You, a Christian, are the Temple of the Holy Ghost (1Corinthians 6:9). What kind of house or life are you building for Him to live in with the decisions you are making? Pray and ask God for His wisdom. Each day we choose who we will serve, and within each day we have even more opportunities to reaffirm our decisions (Joshua 24:15).
What do you want out of life? Set goals, even if they seem small. Reaching even small goals will lead us to the next destination and opens doors of opportunity. Don’t make a decision and then deal with the cost or consequences. Decide on the consequence or result you want, the goal and the life you want, and make the decisions accordingly.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
Proverbs 15:28 “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer.”
Psalm 119:10 “With my whole heart I have sought You: oh, let me not wander from Your commandments.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Deut. 30:19-20 “…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live: that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and length of your days.”
Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Joshua 24:15 “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve …”
Our decisions today determine our tomorrow, so choose wisely.