Summary: Life is always tempting us with doors number 1, 2, or 3. It takes wisdom, prayer, planning, preparation, and pusuing godly counsel to make the right choice.
This morning we are going to play a game that became very popular in the seventies and continues today. It’s called “Let’s Make A Deal.” Do you remember it? People would dress up in the most silliest of costumes in hopes of being selected to play in the game. If you were chosen, then you would be awarded a prize. But there always was an opportunity for you to swap your prize for an unseen prize that could be better or worse than the one you possessed. Most people swapped and actually missed the better things.
So let’s play “Let’s Make a Deal.” I have in my hand an envelope. If you have an ink pen and want to trade for this envelope, then come on up to the front. (Participant comes forward. In the envelope is a check for $100 made out to the church). Now I will give you an opportunity to keep this envelope or trade it for what’s in the larger envelope or what’s in the strong box. (The larger envelope holds a CD. The strong box is filled with fake money. If they choose the smaller envelope, they get to drop the check in the offering box since it is already made out to the church. If they swap, they get either a CD or a handful of fake money.) Thank you for playing “Let’s Make A Deal”.
It seems that we approach life’s decisions that way at times. The average turnover rate for employees in the workplace is 39.6%. In the Leisure and Hospitality industry, that rate is 74.6%. The world asks us “Do you want to keep the job you have or trade it in on the job behind door number 1?”
Every year a church loses 25% of its congregation. In addition, 60% of the young people leave church completely. The world asks, “Do you want to stay at he church you are attending or trade in for the church behind door number 1 or choose door number 2 and leave completely?”
The divorce rate is at 50% on first marriages. The world asks “Do you want to stay in the marriage you are in or trade it for the marriage behind door number 1 which averages a divorce rate of 67% or go for door number 2, a third marriage, with an average divorce rate of 74%?”
The average span of time that people are keeping their cars is 5 years. 43% of Americans will move this year. We live in a world of constant decision-making. How do we make the right decisions?
Let me share four steps to making wise decisions.
1) Pray for his will to be done.
Proverbs 3:6 “Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
There are two aspects to seeking God’s will. One is submission to his will. And God’s will is very clear in the Bible. We are not to be like the world. The things that the world pursues should not be our pursuits. The world pursues materiliasm, gratification, and pleasure among other things. We are to pursue love for God and each other.
We are to be holy. That means set apart for God’s use, different. We are to be a living sacrifice offered to him. We are to be his flavoring so his word would be tasty.