Make Up Your Mind

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions?  if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.  And the people answered him not a word.

I Kings 18:21

When I read this verse, I couldn’t help but think of Christianity today.  It seems like there are so many Christians today that are “halting between two opinions”.  I know that, for a while in my own life, I was one of those who halted between two opinions.  Which way to go?  Live for God or live for the flesh and the world?  That is not a new question; it is a question that has been around since the time of Elijah (and I suspect that it was a question that had been asked long before Elijah also).

The Bible clearly tells us that “if any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him”. (I John 2:15b)  It also tells us that we can not serve two masters.  We are either going to follow the Lord or we are going to follow ourselves and the world.  It’s either going to be the Spirit that leads us or it will be our flesh that leads us.  Whatever the case may be, it will be one or the other; it is never going to be both.  You can’t go in two directions at once.

So many people are “halting between the two decisions”.  They want to follow Christ, but they also want the things and adoration of the world.  They can’t decide which way to go.  We have two jobs: 1. Make up our own mind that we will follow Him.  If we are the indecisive ones, we need to resolve to follow Him and serve Him.  and 2. We need to help those who may be “on the fence”.  We need to encourage others to make the right decision.  You never know when a prayer or a word of encouragement will be the little thing that keeps someone on the right path.

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