16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and jGod1 will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. kThere is sin that leads to death; lI do not say that one should pray for that. 17 mAll wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
19 We know that we are from God, and qthe whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and rhas given us understanding, so that we may know shim who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and teternal life. 21 Little children, ukeep yourselves from idols.
1 John 5:16-21
Recently i have complete a read called “Extreme Ownership” written by two military personnel. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin co-authored the book and I enjoyed the AUDIO version that was dictated by the authors themselves. As a podcast listener, i was already familiar with the work of Jocko and wasn’t suprised to uncover some great principles in this book. Two important traits they discuss in the book are found in the LAST 2 chapters….
- Decisiveness amid Uncertainty
- Discipline equals Freedom
For today’s post I am focusing on the 11th Chapter’s topic, Decisiveness amid Uncertainty. See Verse 19 of James above,
We know that we are from God, and qthe whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
As believers in Christ, and heirs of the throne, this is not the “ideal” thing to read about earth and the devil. Yet as the authors of this EXTREME OWNERSHIP book describe… despite uncertainties, leaders MUST make decisions. I am equating this statement to the sin stained world we live in and participate in and how our OWN actions do in fact affect others and the world. For how many brothers have you heard say, ” oh my vote just doesn’t matter” or perhaps… ” if I know God will forgive me anyway then i’ll just keep doing _________” or “who cares, the whole world’s gone to crap anyhow… ”
Has this been you? Have you been there?
For the Navy Seals in the book, the situation that was UNCERTAIN involved a high stakes enemy target, an opportunity to kill him, and then later uncovering that the AMERICAN SNIPER shot COULD HAVE killed an American… (yes, by THE LEGEND, now deceased R.I.P. Chris Kyle)
For the commander in charge, he was so fired up about killing the enemy, it was VERY difficult to sort through the truth and learn that the decision he DID NOT go through with saved the lives of his fellow marines… I won’t spoil the book for you but I will say this much more about it… Even the BEST in their profession, must make decisions amid uncertainty. Lives will be affected. This may be for your marriage, for your career, for your children, or maybe even for yourself, perhaps a habit that needs to stop.
And back to James, a man that saw his fair share of “not so awesome” Christianity, and torture and mis-guided evangelists… he had to make decisions amid uncertainty. And so did Paul, and so did Peter, and so did David, and Moses, and Brenden, and you…
We ALL Do, and it can be frightening and scary and even the WRONG choice sometimes. However the alternative to decision making is DORMANCY and NOTHINGNESS. Ask Adam right? He was there when the greatest bad decision of all time went down and did NOTHING. For I’ll say today, in speaking on my own experience and life, that dormancy and nothingness lead only to death and destruction, for certain. NO GOOD comes from not acting.
And we know that the Son of God has come and rhas given us understanding, so that we may know shim who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and teternal life. 21 Little children, ukeep yourselves from idols.
Keep not only from idols brothers but KEEP IN HIM WHO IS TRUE. Ask for help to make the decisions when the way is unclear.. LEAN on Him that has given you understanding and truth. – Perhaps soon we’ll touch on the last chapter… discipline equals FREEDOM.