Reformed Baptist Fellowship

I Already Decided

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on July 24, 2012 at 9:13 am

What will I do?  Where will I go?  What will I eat?  What shall I put on?  What will I read next?

Decisions, decisions, decisions!   There are minor decisions in life that are determined on the spot.  There are other decisions which require deliberation, counsel, and prayer.  I want to talk about another type of decision.  For lack of a better term I will call it, ‘decisive decision’.  I’m talking about the kind of decisions you make in life that determine ahead of time what you are going to do in a given situation.  When Paul was addressing the elders of the church in Ephesus he said to them that he had, “determined to hold back nothing that was profitable for them.”   When did he decide that?  Was it in the act of preaching?  Was it the result of an internal struggle he felt during the preaching when he realized that someone present was going to be offended by something that needed to be said?  Was he thinking, “Should I?  Shouldn’t I?”  No.  Not at all.  He had determined long before he ever opened his mouth in Ephesus that he would never shrink from declaring the whole counsel of God.

Think of Joseph in Potiphar’s house.  Potiphar’s wife seeks to seduce the handsome young man.  What will he do?  She was there and ready and willing.  No doubt beautiful.  She had power over him.  What would he do?   Make a decision on his feet?  See how he felt at the time?  No.  He had long before decided what kind of  man he was.  He would not sin against God.  Think of Job and the covenant that he had made with his eyes (Job 31:1).  Did Job say to himself, every day, “Will I look or not look?  Is there anyone around to see where my eyes are going?  Will she notice if I am staring?  Will I, won’t I?”  He had long before determined what he would do with his eyes and that decision carried over day to day with every young woman who passed by.  He had already determined not to look with lust.

I thought of this truth recently in reading a book about the attack on the USS Cole.  When the commanding officer was aware of what had happened his mind raced to the vow he had taken years before when he entered the Navy. He had sworn an oath to his country, to support and defend our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.  He says, “I was now committed to giving my life to defend my country.  Those words spoken over two decades before were now stark reality…”

Many who profess faith leave things to the last minute.  What will I do when I am tempted?  Will I do what I already know to be my duty?  Will I leave it to how I feel at the last moment?  Will I attend church?  Will I go to prayer meeting?  Will I read the scriptures?  Will I seek to bear witness?  Will I watch this kind of thing on television?  Will I turn it off or will I indulge?   In a very real sense, we say that we decided when we began to follow Jesus.    We vowed to take Him as our Lord and Master.   We said to all the future questions of obedience, “I already decided.” Now we need to live like it.

Jim Savastio, Pastor
Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville
  1. Great words and encouragement.

  2. What a wonderful reminder that the believer has already decided Who he will follow! O, that we could remember in times of temptation and conflicting attractions that the world hurls at us daily, to do what that Captain of the USS Cole did: remember our committment we may already to follow our Lord in all things, no matter what!

  3. Tom,. and what a certain Deck Officer, future Reformed Baptist deacon did as well! http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=102305125323

  4. Marie – I went to the site and it looks most interesting! I don’t have time today, but tomorrow I look forward to hearing the testimony of this Deck Officer. Thank you so much for this. I will let you know what I thought of it after I hear it. God bless!

  5. Marie, thank you so much for sharing that with me! I just finished listening to that tremendous testimony. It especially hit home with me because I, too, served in the US Navy.

  6. Reminds me of a hymn I have sung through the years:

    “I have decided to follow Jesus…. no turning back, no turning back

    Though none go with me, still I will follow….. no turning back, no turning back

    The world behind me, the cross before me…. no turning back, no turning back”

    Thank you for this reminder! Hoping to read the USS Cole book one of these days.

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