How quickly do you make decisions? If you’re like me, it usually takes you a while, whether you’re thinking about what to have for dinner or whether it’s time to purchase a new car. Even if something seems like a good idea, but “on the other hand…”
There’s always “on the other hand,” but especially when it comes to issues about which people have strong opinions.
- When you’re trying to decide on the right kind of education for your kids, there’s always “the other hand.”
- When you’re trying to decide who to vote for, there’s always “the other hand.”
- When you’re trying to determine how much money to give, save, and spend, there’s always “the other hand.”
In issues like these, people have opinions, and most of the time they aren’t afraid to share them. And with most of these issues, everybody has a little bit of the whole truth on their side. But there are always more things to consider.
The complexity of issues makes 1 Timothy 1:15 all the most refreshing, because here there is no “other hand”:
This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them.
You can have your opinions about schooling, politics, and finances, but here is the simple truth that deserves full acceptance. The work of discipleship, then, both for our own sake and for the sake of others is to make sure that which deserves full acceptance is fully accepted in our hearts and souls. It’s to press that simple truth further and further in until we feel is in the very marrow of our bones.
Today, Christian, you’ll find lots of things you can halfway accept, but only one you can do so fully. So work hard to make sure you do.