Tom Elliff
Oklahoma City, OK

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Make Up Your Mind

By on May 3, 2016

One of the clear affirmations of maturity is the ability to weigh evidence and come to a thoughtful decision that will guide your behavior. One session I always included in my pre-marital counseling dealt with the importance of having a mutually agreed upon and authoritative process for making decisions as a couple.  This process should be one that bows before God’s revealed will and thus allows both husband and wife to be “winners.”

Indecision can be both nerve-wracking and costly. In reality, a good decision made on time is better than a great decision made too late. Good decisions take into account the simple truth that the plans of God are revealed to the man and woman of God by the Spirit of God and through the Word of God.

Good decision-making simplifies your life and gives it greater impact. Big decisions, properly made, have a way of taking care of the many smaller, pesky decisions we face. I love the story of the college professor making his way across the campus in a driving rainstorm in order to attend church on a Sunday morning. “I’ll bet you had to think long and hard before deciding to come to church this morning,” joked a friend. The professor replied, “I didn’t decide to come to church this morning! That is a decision I made over forty years ago when I came to know Christ!”

I’m not calling here for foolhardy impulsiveness. But I am urging you to see that decisiveness is a sign of mature faith. “Choose you this day whom you will serve,” Joshua urged an indecisive nation (Joshua 24:15). “How long will you stumble between two opinions” questioned an aggrieved Elijah on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:21). Both men were calling on God’s people to make simple, clear, unequivocal decisions that would then guide them through others they would face.

Indecision sends a message!

To the world it says, “You are still a live option to me.”

To the devil it says, “You have more time to tempt, use and abuse me.”

To the Lord it says, “It is increasingly possible I may never follow You.”

To your self it says, “I have more confidence in my way than God’s way.”

So make up your mind! Grow up in your faith by allowing God to drop the plumb line of His word into the center of your heart. Then make your decisions accordingly.

Rejoice evermore!
Tom Elliff
2 Tim 1:12