For the Good of the People

Many of us would like to think that our decision making dial is always in tune with the right station.  That when times get tough, and a critical decision must be made, we – without hesitation – will make the right choice. No question about it; if it is the right thing to do, simply do it.

Having absolute assurance to do what is right when the time is at hand certainly seems easy when you are standing a far off. However, when the time to decide is up-close and personal, although we hate to admit, we may possibly hesitate. For me, the time seemed to come in an instant; without warning. At least that is the way it felt. Now, as time continue to move, I am learning from a heavenly perspective I knew nothing about, that God had been preparing me for such a time as this. The consequences of my decision were life or death. . Would I do what was right? Would God be esteemed? Would He be pleased? Had the consequences been only for me, I would have been able to accept my fate and move on. * At least that is what I tell myself.*

However, this life or death decree entailed more than just me. The painful effects would be far reaching and different in ways I could not have imagined. Different in severity, different in longevity, different in outcome. Yet, the penalties were inevitable and could not be avoided. Each of us would suffer, in some form or another; because of the decision I had to make.

As I sat with tears streaming down my face, I soon thought of the words of Mordecai to Esther <4:13-14>. “..Do not think in your heart that you will escape…For if you remain completely silent at this time……..you and your father’s house will perish.”

Not for one second did I ever take too lightly the consequences that were attached to this great verdict. But knowing all the while, the heartbreaking decision must be made and it must be made for the good of the people.  For this was the time; one must be sacrificed to save the life of many.

Doing what is right can be excruciatingly painful, yet “He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves……., but (live) for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” <2 Corinthians 5:15>

Do the decisions you make tell who you are living for?

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One thought on “For the Good of the People

  1. Only when we are put in certain situation is when we find out what is truly in us. Sometimes I think we forget the reason why Jesus died on the cross for us. Most of us think going to church is a popular thing to do and by going we are some how made righteous. The truth of the matter is that Jesus died on the cross so that we might live and be set free from those things that keep us in bondage. When we allow Christ to be formed in us those things that we kept in the dark or turned a death ear too must be confronted. We are in the light! When you turn on the light in a room the whole room lights up. That also goes for our decision making. We are to no longer make decisions on how we look in the eyes of other people or on how we feel, we are suppose to make decision on what is of the light. And you are right, that can be very difficult when the decision you have to make might effect others around you or exposes the self image you fight so hard to protect. It is in those times when Christ is being formed in us. It is in those times when true character is being built in us.
    Jesus ultimate test that he faced was going to the cross. Jesus asked the Father can this cup pass from him. He asked the Father about 3 times. He prayed so hard that in the book of Luke 22-44 it says his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground. As you have so beautifully stated he died for the sins of all humanity. He had a greater purpose to see all those who would accept him live and be set free. The more I walk with Christ the more I am realizing that if he is going to truly be formed in us at some point in all of our lives we are going to be confronted with major decisions that are going to test our faith, test our character and test our courage.

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