Decisions Belong To You

Decisions come your way every day. God wants to navigate you through them all. Only you can decide what you choose, what you do, what you think, where you go, and how you live. Your life belongs to you. God wants you to be confident in your decisions and seek His guidance.

Jesus asks you to choose Him first. Adventure becomes your destiny as He leads you on every path to a joy-filled life. He walks with you in every moment of decision. 

In John 21, Peter is in a moment of decision with Jesus. Jesus wants to know if he still loves Him.

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” John 21:15

Only Peter can respond to this question.

Your decisions can only be yours. Your choice must be made by you. No one else can choose for you. Your life belongs to you alone, given from the hands of the Lord who delights to give you freedom.

Yet, Jesus beckons you to choose Him.

Jesus asks Peter 3 times: do you love Me? He knows this is the best choice you could make. God is that confident in Himself to assert His own affirmation of your need to choose Him in love. Jesus keeps asking Peter if he loves Him because this is the point of his whole existence.

Loving God and being loved by God is why you exist.

Now Jesus can anoint Peter to lead the mission of preaching the gospel.

“Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.” John 21:17

Your response about your love for Jesus determines the trajectory of your life. It’s all about love. Love is the prerequisite for Kingdom leaders. Love is the foundation for ministry. Adventure awaits those who choose Jesus for a lifetime into infinity.

God wants you to choose Him so He can anoint you. Not only to share the gospel but to be called His Beloved forever.

“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15

Joshua left no room for compromise in whom He would serve. He makes it clear to His household that Yahweh, the Lord, is King. He makes it clear to the people of Israel that God is His God, and anyone who follows a god other than Yahweh can leave. Joshua makes his own decision.

You need to make your own decision regardless of the others who make theirs.

Other people’s decisions are not your example. Other people’s opinions are not your paradigm. Other people’s choices are not your destiny. You have your own destiny to live for! Remember the power you possess to choose for yourself!

Do not let anyone take away your free right to choose what you decide.

Jesus does not take away Peter’s right to choose how he feels about Jesus. He gives him the chance to speak for himself.

“Jesus said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You…” John 21:17

Jesus needed to make sure Peter still chose Him after his moment of denying Him. He needed Peter to make his own decision about how he felt about him. He needed Peter to choose what he wanted. Now Peter will know it was his own choice. No one else’s. Now Jesus can anoint Peter to lead the mission of preaching the gospel.

Jesus will not take away your right to choose. He will not force you to do it His way. He asks you a question… do you love Me? Jesus wants to be loved. Even moreso, Jesus wants to be chosen. Yes… He wants to be chosen too. He wants to be loved because you want Him too. He wants to be desired because You delight in Him too.

Love with God is a two-way street.

“I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently find Me.” Proverbs 8:17

Our response of love melts the heart of God. Love literally guides our hearts all by itself, so that we don’t have to exert our minds to connect with God. The love does it for us. Love generates Holy Spirit oneness with the Lord. When you are in love, you feel it. Loving God makes you feel Him with you all the time, everywhere you are. It invokes His purity to come and meet us, that we would learn from Him and be committed to Him as He is faithful to us.

“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear Your name.” Psalm 86:11

God wants yout undivided attention. Focus on Him.

focus on Me

says your God

focus on Me

says your King

think of Me

remember Me

discover Me

encounter Me

our love provokes

My Spirit’s adoration

Heaven guards you

with eternal admiration

God may dwell in Heaven but His Holy Spirit indwells us now when we choose to make Jesus our King. Thus, our decisions reflect His influence in our life.

Our decisions will not look like the world’s decisions when we follow Jesus. Our decisions might look a little radical and a lot different. But we follow a holy, fearless God. Thus, we live with pure and courageous zeal for His name and our eternal home. We live as if this life is temporary and the one to come is only a blink away. We make decisions that prepare for Heaven more than we make decisions that sustain life on earth. Yes, Jesus cares about our lives on earth with precious and keen observation. He is aware of all are goings-on. But He is even more excited about the life to come where eternity is preparing for our arrival. Don’t you want to live for that? For Heaven? Heaven lives for you. Heaven lives to meet you and greet you into its blissful abode.

“Set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:13

Our hope is fully on Jesus! The one who is coming back for us! When He returns, He has grace to impart and love to shower.

Love with God lasts forever. This life is only the beginning. Salvation in Jesus grants you access to Heaven forever. Choosing Jesus is the greatest decision you will ever make. Passionate love belongs to those who spend their life loving Him. 

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