“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Our decisions, right or wrong, determine our destiny. Joseph resisted the flirtatious overtures of Potiphar’s wife and doing the right thing got him thrown in prison for 17 years. God used his correct choice to alter the course of history. It is much easier to act like a Christian than it is to react like a Christian.
The good news is God forgives our bad decisions. And, one good decision can totally change the trajectory of our lives. Our decisions have long genealogies that can change not only our destiny, but the destiny of so many others as well. What defining decisions and sacrifices do you need to make? What risks do you need to take?
The Talmud teaches there are four kinds of people in the world. The first person says, “What’s yours is mine.” The second person says, “What’s yours is yours.” The third person says, “What’s mine is mine.” The fourth person says, “What’s mine is yours.” Which one are you? The first person is obviously covetous. The second and third are neutral. These people have a fundamental misunderstanding of the created order. Nothing belongs to us, not even us! The fourth person has discovered the secret to joyful living: sacrificially giving away. We are simply returning to God what He has loaned us.
The choice is ours to make: hold out on God or go all in. Where your treasure is, there will be your heart also. Stop selling God short; it’s time to go all in!
Adapted from “All In” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis