I Corinthians 9:24-27

Making Right Decisions is Important

These children in Zambia are being taught the importance of making right decisions based on the Word of God and from a life under control.  Many times decisions and choices are made that do not reflect wisdom, good sense, and self-control.

It is the way of human thinking and reasoning to blame others when we encounter problems instead of taking personal responsibility.  The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 9:24-27 reminds us that the matter of personal responsibility in living and making choices is very important.  God has promised to give wisdom, strength, and grace for every situation in life.  However, it is our personal responsibility to respond with right thinking, good sense, and Biblical obedience.

Self-control is saying and doing that which is right, best, pleasing to God, and brings joy while anchored in the Word of God and lived out with self-control to honor our Lord.  (I Corinthians 10:31)

Self-Control

These children in Zambia are happily enjoying clean and fresh water from the new well. One of the most important disciplines in Zambia is to drink only clean water, for many have become seriously ill due to quenching their thirst with unclean water.  Confronted with a choice and exercising self-control, they either drink the contaminated water or wait until they can get to the well of clean water.

Watchmen Nee wrote about self-control this way. “People who are greatly used by God are people who not only are under His control, but also have self-control.  If we do not have control over our earthly bodies, we will certainly fall when a special demand comes upon us.”  

Each day we should:

  1. Examine our life in light of the Word of God.  Psalm 139:23-24
  2. Commit to obey our Lord.  Romans 12:1-2
  3. Listen and obey the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16
  4. Walk carefully. Ephesians 5:15
  5. Avoid wrong places and people.  Proverbs 1:10-19
  6. Do all to honor and please our Lord.  I Corinthians 10:31

Demonstrating self-control in the words we speak, places we go, things we enjoy, and even the thoughts we allow to linger in our mind  (II Cor. 10:5) is the path that we should choose each day.

One Brick at a Time

The building of an obedient and strong Christian life is one choice and decision at a time.  Just as these workers in Zambia prepare bricks to build the children’s home one brick at a time, so our life is built in the same fashion.

In a society of instant and quick things, we often forget that it is in the daily decisions and choices that our life is made strong or weak.  What seem like “little” factors eventually turn out to be vital ingredients to life.  The “little” choice to do that which is contrary to Scripture seems almost insignificant but piles up day after day to create more problems than one could imagine.

Waiting for the verdict from the judge, the person under investigation thinks often of the many “little” things that never should have been done and said.  We must be careful each day to exercise self-control in all the details of life.  Just as bricks eventually add up to enough to make a house, our decisions and choices add up to make a life.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else.” Henry Ward Beecher