4.4 Make the right long-range choice
All too often, people choose Christ for primarily short-
sighted and selfish reasons. Because of this, God in his love must
awaken us to repentance by letting trials and perhaps even persecutions
come to us. In this way the motives of our heart are exposed. God's
desire is that we obey him out of love, and not out of fear of
punishment, or in order to receive gifts from him.
Therefore, we will be placed in situations of conflicting goals,
where we must choose between:
An example of this is the Apostle Peter. In his first testing, he lied and denied Jesus, but he came back and developed into a courageous
leader, who even became willing to suffer martyrdom.
- a short-sighted advantage, or
- that which is right from an eternal perspective.
To strengthen the possibility of our choosing rightly, we should
learn from the experiences of others. In this respect, an in-depth
knowledge of the Bible has great value. However, we must also pray for
the help of the Holy Spirit, who is called The Helper. Otherwise we will
not succeed in making right application of this knowledge.
This is what children do when they are learning to talk and to
walk. Adults also apply this method in modern approaches to business
development. Why should we then not also do it in our private lives?
If we do not succeed, we should correct our attempts and make a
new try until we do succeed.