Some people love to take charge and make decisions. Others hate it and avoid it at all costs. No matter what end of the spectrum you find yourself in, we all have to make decisions. No matter if you are asking, “Where will I take my family to eat tonight?” or, “Who will I marry?” decisions, big and small alike, are very crucial in life. THE most important decision one can make is accepting Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior. All other decisions don’t even compare to this one.
After begin a youth pastor for almost a decade now, I have seen incredible God-honoring decisions made, and I have seen terrible decisions made. Decisions tend to make or break us in one form or fashion. They have consequences and rewards. They mature us.
So the question, and one that many people struggle with, is “How do I make God-honoring decisions in my life?” The question behind the question is, “How do I know if I’m making the right decision that will please God and cause me to pursue Him more?
I believe Philippians 4:8-9 gives us an incredible framework and lenses to go by. Here we see eight characteristics that Paul is telling believers to “think about such things.” These can serve as a lens through which we filter and make God-honoring decisions.
Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV), “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
1. True: Am I prayerfully grounding this decision in the truth of God’s Word?
2. Noble: Is this in line with Godly character?
3. Right: Will this encourage and help others?
4. Pure: Are my thoughts, motives, and actions pure in this?
5. Lovely: Will this help build community?
6. Admirable: How will this affect my testimony?
7. Excellent: Am I choosing best over good?
8. Praiseworthy: Who gets the credit, you or God?