Lights in the World

Hold fast and shine the light.

Erica Nemunaitis

Tikkun Olam

Bible commitment decisions identity obedience

According to research, an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day. [1] Wow! We do make a ton of decisions.

While not every choice we make is a weighty matter (like what flavor of ice cream we buy at the grocery store today), many decisions we make either push us forward toward the mission and vision God has put within us, or they push us away. We need to seek God’s will in each area of our lives: What kind of people do I let into my “inner circle” and how are they influencing my worldview? What career path am I taking and what is my motivation? How am I spending my money and stewarding my God-given gifts? Am I choosing to fully embrace the new identity given to me by my heavenly Father or default to listening to the lies of the enemy?

It can be hard to make sound decisions given the barrage of cultural and worldly influences we face daily. In the mix of it all, how do we discern truth and ensure that we do what is biblically right with each decision we make? Although it seems like our culture has all but dismissed the validity of absolute truth, God’s truth will never, ever change — no matter what. And since truth isn’t based upon what we feel is right, it’s vital to know the everlasting, authoritative words of God to understand what he has called us to do as his children. We must choose to look at everything through the lens of what the Bible says is true.

The truly beautiful thing is that God wants us to live the full and fruitful life for which he has created us. He has already given us the guidebook - the Bible - and set up residency within us through the Holy Spirit to help us understand the truth. The words of Scripture are entirely unlike the words in any other book. They have a supernatural power to transform us into the image of our Father and the likeness of Messiah. The Apostle Paul teaches that this transformation leads to proving out God’s perfect will for us. [2]

Proverbs 25:2 says that “it is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” The word “search” can also mean “to examine, find, investigate, probe, or taste.” It’s a determination to dig and seek until you find. While the Bible is the written truth, we must diligently seek out its meaning like a buried treasure more valuable than gold. We must choose to spend regular time in God’s Word and make it a high priority. When we do this, his ways become our righteous standard for making decisions as we interact with the world and with the people in it.

Because our decisions will usually line up with our vision (whether God-driven or otherwise), it’s important that we ask ourselves the question, “For whom or what are we ultimately living?” The answer to this question is life-defining. It’s important that we lock onto the eternal reality of God’s present and coming kingdom and actively seek to bring it down to earth in tangible ways according to Yeshua’s example. Yeshua was able to fulfill the purpose he was sent for because he trusted in the larger scope of the glory and joy that was to come: “For the joy set before him, [he] endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” [3] In God’s “upside-down” kingdom, which represents everything good and holy (but that doesn’t necessarily come easily), we look to him to know which way is truly up and the real mission he has given us to live out.

Yeshua lived out his Father’s truth in a world where he was met with great hostility. So too, we are bound to encounter opposition at times as we follow his example. Maybe someone has misjudged or misunderstood you because of your beliefs or because of the godly standards to which you hold. Maybe you feel left out of opportunities because you are observing Shabbat each Saturday. Though it seems like a sacrifice now, the reward God gives in the scope of eternity is better than anything this world could provide.

Godly decisions aren’t always easy to make, but his words bring clarity and resolution to the way we are to go as we commit ourselves to learning them. As we choose obedience to him amid a society promoting pleasure in other things, God will be glorified. He promises us a life filled with him and his blessings. He gives us peace as his fingerprint on our God-devoted choices. He honors those decisions by strengthening us to fulfill the mission and vision he has given us to do. What more could we ask for?

As we look ahead, let’s stand firm in the power of the truth that existed before the beginning of time and will remain forever unchanged.

“You shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life.” [4]

Footnotes:
  1. https://go.roberts.edu/leadingedge/the-great-choices-of-strategic-leaders
  2. Romans 12:2
  3. Hebrews 12:2
  4. Philippians 2:15-16
About the Author

Erica Nemunaitis is a Messianic Gentile, a passionate disciple of Yeshua, and an avid lover of Israel. She has spent many months serving the Jewish people on the mountains of Israel. She currently lives in Republic, Missouri.

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Bible commitment decisions identity obedience

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