Pastor's Pen: In 10 seconds

In just 10 seconds a decision can be made that will change the course of your life. How many times have you made a quick decision and then said, “Why did I do that?” I know I have. But what if we did it the other way? What if, instead of making quick bad decisions, we made quick good decisions? I recently read a book entitled The 10-Second Rule: Following Jesus Made Simple by Clare De Graaf. The basic idea is that we choose to follow God’s leading within 10 seconds.

For example, I’m driving along and see someone broke down on the side of the road. I could continue on my way thinking, “Everyone has a cell phone. They’ve probably already called for help.” Or, perhaps, in that same moment, my mind has a quick passing thought to help them. This rule would tell me to follow whatever I’m reasonably certain think God is telling me to do….within the first 10 seconds.

It’s stated this way, “Just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do.” If someone comes to mind for you to give a call and see how they’re doing….what would Jesus want you to do? If a co-worker is short on cash and you have the ability to help out….what would Jesus want you to do? If that neighbor who is such a pain is re-shingling his roof….what would Jesus want you to do? It’s an easy rule, but not easy to do.

Jesus Himself stated it this way, “Those who want to come with Me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24; God’s Word Translation) Normally we read that and think it’s referring to some great decision to say “Yes” to God at the cost of being burnt at the stake, but I think it’s less about that ‘big’ decision than it is about the everyday decisions we each must make. The book’s author said it this way, “Christian character is shaped less by your big, dramatic decision than by the cumulative impact of thousands of small acts of simple obedience.” It’s more about doing what God wants you to do RIGHT NOW than what He may or may not want you to do ten or twenty years from now. So what are you doing right now?

Make the decision to do what you are reasonably certain God wants you do immediately. Stop making excuses. If you claim to be a Christ follower, then follow Christ. You won’t do so perfectly, but pray for God’s help and determine now to obey Him within the first 10 seconds of recognizing something God would want you to do. Then you will be more Christ-like every day.