Being able to make a decision underrated. Looking at how many pople live life – how they let others make decisions for them about what car to drive, what clothes to wear, where to live – it is amazing that we struggle for personal freedom to be able to make a decision at all. It seems so many people reject this basic freedom.
I used to work a group called Young American Showcase. They trained their representatives in many things that were helpful on the road. Mainly they taught us to know what we were doing. That is, they taught us to know our appeal to the audience and commit to it.
In entertainment, doing a performance without committing to it is death. Half-hearted performances just don’t appeal to audiences, and if they see that you aren’t sure of your performance, they begin to think that you are messing up.
In the Christian life, the same is true. In many ways, Christians don’t seem sure of what it is they are doing. Poling churches, one stresses a moderate lifestyle while another encourages freedom. There are just as many perspectives on how to live a Christian life as there are churches (and probably a whole lot more). There seems to be little uniformity though and very little commitment, and that points to how unsure they are about what the Christian life is about.
This is maybe the biggest indictment on the state of discipleship. Discipleship is the process of how people learn they are about and is the way they are shown the way to commit to it and be decisive.