There is almost always a cost when making a decision. What I mean is that when we make a decision, we are choosing one path over another. We are saying "no" to one route in order to go the other direction. Though most of the time we have no idea what was lost, making a choice is sacrificing the "what if."
When the fact that someone is a follower-of-Christ is added into decision making, sacrificing the "what if" gets to be called faith - faith that His way is greater. In Hebrews 11:1, it says, "Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen." Faith, according to www.merriam-webster.com, is "allegiance to a duty or person; belief and trust in and loyalty to God; belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust; something that is believed especially with strong conviction." Faith is needed throughout the life of a believer.
I am setting the stage to gloat about my wife. She is a planner. She is a scheduler. She doesn't lack faith, but she does feel more comfortable when she knows what's on the other side of a decision. Recently, she was given the opportunity to work for a virtual academy that was an answered prayer for the both of us. It was a great opportunity that was offered (almost) immediately after she interviewed.
But, there was a catch.
Remember when I mentioned the "cost" of making a decision? For my wife, the cost would be losing her Mississippi Teaching License because she would have to break her contract.
It would be a giant leap of faith for her. After continued prayer (and some urging from me), she decided to take that leap. It was a little scary.
There are still some uncertainties that have to be worked out, but she has complete faith that this opportunity is a door that God has slung wide open for her. The hardest part of the entire thing is trusting that He has her back, our back, when the cost may mean giving up something she has worked hard for, even if it is temporary.
The cost is everything.
Isn't the cost of it all what's asked of us when we decide to put our trust in Jesus? In Luke 9:23, Jesus says, "If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me." This verse talking about the need of our self-denial to follow Jesus is one that Believers should think on constantly. When we deny ourselves and put Jesus in front of our desires, comforts, and fears, I think we understand faith. We understand that the cost may be great for us, but it pales in comparison to the sacrifice of Jesus' life for ours.
What's your cost?
To put your faith in Jesus means that you no longer want the shame, torment, and emptiness of sin, but you want the forgiveness, mercy, and grace that comes from the Creator. The cost is for sure losing who you once were - living a life of emptiness and entangled in sin. It could also mean the loss of relationships, lifestyles, and comfort.
If you are already a Believer, the cost could be losing things that you have worked so hard to obtain because it could mean a significant change in your life and affect the ones around you.
You can rest in His truth.
Though it is scary and a little unnerving to make decisions that may not make complete sense, or for some, hand over the reigns of your life to the Creator of it all, the promises from God can help us find rest.
"Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all". -Matthew 6:31-32
"The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing". -Psalm 145: 15-16
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me". -Galatians 2:20
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith". -1 John 5:4
Know for certain that there's a cost when stepping out in faith. But, there's beauty in losing yourself and seeing God work. I know that there are varying "degrees" of faith-based decisions, but watching my wife trust the Promise-Keeper was pretty incredible.