7 Practical ways to make a Christ Centered Decision

As faith leaders it’s crucial to make Christ centered decisions. This is because the small and big decisions we make have a significant impact on the future. Author Tony Robbins says, “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” I have found 7 practical ways a leader can make the best Christ centered decisions. The amount of time spent in implementing these steps depends on the size and risk factor of the decision. It’s important to remember small decisions are made more quickly than bigger ones. Here are the 7 practical ways a leader can make Christ centered decisions:

1. Actively pray- Before making a decision a leader should take time praying about it, no matter the size. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly].” When you are persistent in praying about the decisions, you give God permission to reveal the best choice.

2. Consider fasting- If your having a difficult time making the best decision then consider fasting. Fasting is simply taking something you regularly do and replacing it with praying and seeking God. For example instead of eating a meal you can take that time to seek God and allow Him to speak to you about the decision.

3. Biblically based- It’s essential for leaders to make Biblically based decisions. When the decision is aligned with the Word of God the leader can be confident they are making the decision with integrity. Barbara Jordan said, “It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision.” It’s the “reason” from the Bible that leads to making the right decision.

4. Write it down- A practical step in making the right decision comes from writing a pros and cons list. This can provide clarity of the risks, benefits, and potential outcome from making the decision. It can paint a clear picture about the situation.

5. Get Advice- The advice from others can provide a leader with insights into the decision. It can allow you to gain an outside perspective which can reveal aspects you might have overlooked or not considered. It’s essential a leader gets advice for big decisions.

6. Sleep on it- This gives you more time to consider and think about the best decision. Sleeping on it can provide you with a clear mind and the ability to think rationally about the decision.

7. Be God led- Allow God to guide and direct your decision. This can be a challenge because so often we can be led to make the decision solely or from popular opinions. This is why it’s important to take time to seek God and ask for His advice. The advice from others can be very beneficial but it should not be placed above God’s leading.

After you have applied these steps the next step is to make the decision and take ownership of the outcome. The next time you make a decision remember the words of Mike Singletary, One thing I want you to understand is if I make a decision, it’s my decision.”

Questions: How do you make Christ centered decisions? Can you add to the list?

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  • Caleb

    It’s not very often that we would consider fasting as part of the decision making process but it is indeed biblical. Thanks for the great practical advice!

    • Caleb,

      Yes it is:) I think it’s often overlooked by a lot of Christians. Thank you for taking time to read and comment. Do you have a site or blog I can check out?

      • Caleb

        Sure do, just wrote about fasting this week so it was on my mind. http://sukofamily.org

        • Great! I’m heading over now to check it out. I’m looking forward to connecting with you and learning from each other.

  • Good list Dan. Not much to add. now if I can just follow this advice… have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. You too!

  • Great advice, Dan!

    • Thanks Jon. Hope you enjoyed the post.

  • I think you nailed it. Pray, fast, read, ask. Good job

    • Thank you Todd, I hope you enjoyed the post.

  • Those are great points, Dan. I have to say I don’t write down the pros and cons near often enough. I like the quote, “It is reason not passion.” How true. Too many decisions are made with the a great element, just the wrong element for this particular process. It’s like getting the cart ahead of the horse so to speak.

    I don’t know that I can add anything to this other than trying to envision the impact on all aspects before making a decision.

    • Floyd,

      Most times I take time to think about the pros and cons, however I don’t always write them down which would bring even more clarity I think.

      I do like your additional point about ‘envision the impact” It’s a important one. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • I really like the quote by Jordan.

    Great points. I know I struggle sometimes to really KNOW if I’m making the right decision. It’s like I want it written in the sky when some things take faith. So like you mentioned, I do most of the above and then take action and own my decision. If I mess up, I commit it to God and ask Him to help me not lose the lesson. If it works, I praise God and give Him credit.

    One thing God has really pressed upon me is this phrase “Be Kingdom Minded” That’s what goes through my head multiple times a week.

    Happy Thanksgiving Dan, God bless you and your family.

    • That’s great to hear TC Avey! It sounds like your making the best/God centered decisions you can. I like your phrase, it’s very important to have that mindset.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and add to the discussion. Thank you we plan on having family over for the day. I hope you guys have a blessed day.

  • Bernard Haynes

    Excellent post. I appreciate the words of wisdom you give from Christ center perspective.

    • Thank you Bernard. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It was great talking with you last night.

  • Wow – these are so great, Dan. I’m going to record them in my journal so I can look back at them. I’ve often thought about fasting for decisions – I know the Bible talks about it – but haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. I’m glad you added that one to the list. It encourages me to try it. Plus I love the sleep on it – that is one I should definitely do since I tend to be impulsive! Thanks for another insightful and helpful post. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving.

    • You should give it a shot Barb. Either in a decision making process or to draw closer to God. When I have done it I have seen a lot of great things come from it. Thank you for reading and adding to the discussion.

      Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too.

  • Dan, this is a good conversation starter about decision-making. I find that a lot of Christians are so committed to making the “right” decision that they are extremely uncomfortable when there are multiple options and God doesn’t seem to be leading in one particular direction. Unfortunately, it’s more than some people can handle and they crumble under the pressure. God is honored when we follow His direction. He’s also honored when we develop the leadership skills to take risks and make decisions with less than certain information and allow Him to tell our story for us as we depend on Him to provide along the way.

    • It’s all about making the decisions under His direction and guidance so He receives the honor. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about decision making.

  • Great advice Dan. I’ve really been hearing and reading a lot on fasting lately. It’s not something I’ve actively done in the past but something I’m considering in the future.

    • Thanks Joe. I’m the same way, I use to fast a lot in the past but have been thinking about doing more in the future. The benefits are worth the sacrifice. Thank you for sharing.

  • I think the key, and this may be part of what you were talking about with your last point, is to consider your motives. When we get to the point that we want the right things, then that takes care of 99% of the decisions!

    • I agree Loren. We have to check our “motives” making sure they are alined with God and benefit others. This is an important aspect of decision making. Thank you for bring it up.

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  • I agree with you Dan. It’s all about following His leading and knowing the results are in His hands(good or bad). Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • wow, great post Dan. I don’t think I have more to add to the list, you’ve covered it so well. I love love that you’ve put prayer and fasting up there. I believe that’s the best way to go when it comes to making good decisions. Great thoughts here.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I agree, they both are powerful and important aspects. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Dan,

    Great post! I needed to hear this. Would you be able to provide a practical example.

    Thanks,

    TJ

    • Thanks man.

      Personally my wife and I took time before deciding to move from Portland OR to San Diego CA. We applied many of the above points to make the best decision. We prayed, felt led, got advice, slept on it (for a few night), and felt right about it so we made the big move. This is just one example.

  • Gary

    Isn’t it odd that if the Baptists and evangelicals are correct that their “born again experience” is the true and ONLY means of salvation, the term “born again” is only mentioned three times in the King James Bible? If “making a decision for Christ” is the only means of salvation, why doesn’t God mention it more often in his Word? Why only THREE times? Isn’t that REALLY, REALLY odd?

    Why is it that the Apostle Paul, the author of much of the New Testament, NEVER uses this term? Why is this term never used in the Book of Acts to describe the many mentioned Christian conversions? Why is this term only used by Jesus in a late night conversation with Nicodemus, and by Peter once in just one letter to Christians in Asia Minor?

    If you attend a Baptist/evangelical worship service what will you hear? You will hear this: “You must be born again: you must make a decision for Christ. You must ask Jesus into your heart. You must pray to God and ask him to forgive you of your sins, come into your heart, and be your Lord and Savior (the Sinner’s Prayer). You must be an older child or adult who has the mental capacity to make a decision to believe, to make a decision to repent, and to make a decision to ask Jesus into your heart.”

    Why do Baptists and evangelicals use this non-biblical terminology when they talk about salvation? Other than “you must be born again”, none of this terminology is anywhere to be found in the Bible!

    Is it therefore possible that…making a “decision” for Christ is NOT how sinners are saved? Is it possible that “accepting Christ into your heart” is NOT what being “born again” really means?

    Gary
    Luther, Baptists, and Evangelicals