“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again?”
— Matthew 5:13 (NASB)
I thought my decider was out of order. I knew that if I decided to get something done, I could do it. I just couldn’t decide to decide. I couldn’t decide which book to write. I couldn’t decide to get serious on my diet. I couldn’t decide to get busy and accomplish my goals. I couldn’t decide what to eat for dinner, so I’d eat everything. I couldn’t decide whether to go on a mission trip. I couldn’t decide how to exercise, so I took naps. I did decide my decider was broken.
Then I saw someone whose daily words and actions are decisively like those of Jesus. “I bet his decider never gets broken,” I thought. “He’s all in for God for 24-7.”
Observing my friend’s level of commitment, I knew I had no more excuses to be lazy or ineffective. I was either going to play — and play hard — the game of life, which is the cause of Christ, or be a terrible, whiny, salt-free, wishy-washy mess.
Then a woman sent an email asking for an example of radical obedience. Radical obedience? About the only thing radical in my life is an addiction to chocolate. What would it mean to follow the rules closely, love everyone and pray without ceasing? What if God sent me to Africa? What if God put me through job loss and financial uncertainty—again? What if all my friends left? What if I got hungry or cold or miserable?
Let’s face it, though, miserable is having a broken decider.
So I resolved; I made up my mind. I decided to obey radically, fervently and passionately. I decided to be all the way in for God—no holding back. It won’t be easy. You’ll catch me making a mistake or more likely, lots of them. But making a commitment isn’t hard… once you decide that your decider’s not broken at all.