When the Lord met His disciples on the seashore after His resurrection from the tomb, Jesus said some remarkable things to these men He trusted to take the Gospel to the world. One of the most powerful statements in the word of God to me is found in John 21 in this exchange. He has restored Peter by giving him a series of questions about, "Do you love me?" Peter is saddened because the Lord ask three times, and Peter had denied Jesus three times. The Lord had even told him that he would do so. Then the Lord makes this statement in the 18th verse.
John 21:18 ESV 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”
No doubt when you are dressed by others and carried somewhere you do not want to go you are either too old, too sick, or mentally unable to make your own decisions. Or maybe you are in prison. There is application for all of these. But the verse is speaking about the facet that someone is making the decisions for you. Being that decision maker is not an easy job. Parents make decisions for their children, but when they grow up they make their own. We live in a free country and we get pretty used to making our own decisions. When someone tells us "we have to do something," and we have no choice, we really can be offended.
I am faced with being a decision maker for my dad. Really, I have been making his decisions for the last couple of years. But now this Scripture is really alive in my mind as I am having to upgrade his care to a higher level. Dad cannot take care of himself and my mom cannot take care of him either. He has to have help and more than "Assisted Living" can offer. So a plan must be formed and followed. it is painful.
There is a decision that no one can make for another. The decision to call out to Jesus and place faith in God is a matter of the heart and no one can make this decision for anyone else. Oh, we may try to force people to go to church, and even to recite words, but faith and belief come out of the heart. I can write a million words on a blog page, but none can make you have faith in God. This will come from your own heart.
Dad will soon be in a skilled care facility, and others will do most everything for him as he cannot. Mom will come to live with us and we will give her as much freedom as we can. Painful, as this is not what they really want to do, and neither do I. But the decisions have been made and we are working to get these moves made.
Where my parents will spend their remaining years on earth is an important decision that I am having to make for them. Where they will be spending eternity is a decision they have already made. But someone may be reading this who has not made a decision to follow Jesus. We are never guaranteed tomorrow. While you can, you must make your choice to believe and follow Christ. To not do so is to make a bad decision repeatedly. Every time you hear this plea to believe and do not you are making a decision, a bad one. The Bible is plain.
Romans 10:13 ESV For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Have you made this most important of all decisions? No one can make it for you. Other decisions can be made for you but this one cannot be, it is yours alone. I have conducted two funerals this past week and hundreds through the years, and this is the questions that is always ask. "Did he/she know the Lord? Please think about this and make certain you know the Lord. No one can make this decision for you.