Just prior to taking the reins as president of Southern Seminary in 1993, Dr. Albert Mohler was asked in the interview process to lay out his vision for the school and what his plan would be to accomplish that dream. He then spent the next several hours doing just that.
Southern Seminary was at a critical junction in its history. The board of trustees knew they had to do something or entirely lose the institution to liberalism. They were on board with Mohler’s vision and plan, but asked, “Will it work?” Mohler’s response is a timeless piece of wisdom. He said:
“I don’t know, but I believe it’s the right thing to do. I believe God has given us the opportunity to do this. If it works, it’s His doing. If not, I believe it’s still [a matter of] obedience.”
Making decisions and discerning God’s will can be tricky at times. However, most times we make it more complicated than what it really needs to be. Is the choice in question biblically the right thing to do? Has the Lord equipped and provided the resources to accomplish the task? Has He also dropped an opportunity into your lap to do exactly that? Then do it!
James, the apostle not noted for easing his readers into confrontation, puts it very plainly. If you know what to do, based on the Word of God, and don’t do it, you are sinning against God. It is that simple. And as far as the matter of whether or not you will be successful this should not even enter the picture. It is the Lord who effects change, brings success and produces the harvest … He makes things “work.” As the apostle Paul put it:
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. (1 Corinthians 3:5-7 ESV)
Our response to any opportunity of doing what is right must be a booming “Yes, Lord, I am your servant. I will go.” Our determination and courage should match that of Esther especially since normally we are not facing imminent death. The queen, in realizing what must be done and because it really appeared that God had brought her into this position for “such a time as this,” responded to Mordecai:
“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16 ESV)
We have been called to faithful obedience to the Word of God, not to attempting to figure out what really is the best business case or the wisest approach to successfully living out our time here on earth. We're making things way too difficult. Too often, we are living in sin through our inactivity.