Decisions, Decision, Decisions – Deciding Who You Will Be

Sermon Notes

Everyone is going to get the opportunity to make decisions that will profoundly affect their future and as Christians we have the ability to make choices that really improve our life; choices that bring us healing, prosperity and joy. We get to make choices that really propel us through life and make life either a real joy and experience we look forward to, or look at life as something to just “get through”

I have been told that having your home broken into and your possessions taken is one of the most invasive things that can happen; it kind of violates your security and peace.

The greatest theft going on today is not property theft; it’s not auto theft; it’s not robbing banks. The increasingly rising crime of today is identity theft. I read that last year, twelve million people were victimized by identity theft. People have been hacking into computers and data banks; stealing people’s identities; and using them for commerce. In fact, about 30,000 people a day get their identities stolen. Is it on the rise? Absolutely! In the last two years there has been an 80% increase in identity theft. Do you know what the rate of arrest is for this crime? It’s less than 5%.

It’s bad enough when someone hacks into your computer and steals your identity. What is even worse, however, is when we abdicate our identity; when we lose it because we are just not looking after who we are. This happens when we don’t make wise choices about our future and we forget it’s the choices – not chances – that make our future.

We can lose our identity by following the wrong models or wrong examples and end up becoming somebody we really don’t want to be. Because of the pressure of the crowd or our own indifference, we let the chances of life make our future; we model the wrong people. There is a television show called

Extreme Makeovers

in which, through plastic surgery, people are made to look just like their favorite celebrity, in my opinion that is crazy! If we follow after the wrong models, we lose our identity.

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…” (Rom 12:2 NLT).

Proverbs 16:9 says it this way: “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

Gift of Choice

Think about it this way: if the mind of man doesn’t plan, what does the Lord have to direct? He includes us in His plan for our futures. I want to challenge you to take a more active role in your future. Don’t leave it to chance. How often we will say, “Well, if I get a job over there, I will move. If I get a job here, then I will move. If this happens or if I make a friend, I will stay. If I don’t then …whatever. I will marry the first person who shows me attention.”

Don’t leave your future to chance. Sometimes we might think that since God has everything planned out anyway; we have no choice in the matter. We absolutely do have a choice. In fact, the most precious gift that God gives to mankind is the gift called choice. I can imagine that when God gave that treasured gift of choice, He gave it with a trembling hand because He knew that if we chose poorly, our own futures would be destroyed, but He gave us this incredible gift called choice!

The way you choose will either make you or break you. It will bring you a future or steal it from you. The way you steward choice can bring good or it can bring destruction. It can encourage a life or it can debilitate a life. Choice is God’s exclusive gift to us as human beings. He did not give this gift to any other part of His creation. But it’s this very gift, the gift of choice that gives us the option to reject our own Maker.

We can choose well and we will gain eternity; or we can misuse or abuse choice by rejecting God, and be separated from God forever. He put eternity into our very own hands! Even though He has planned so much for us, we can still choose to reject it. Does God have a plan? Has He established His plan? Absolutely!

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