Split Second Decisions
Posted: Saturday, June 18
1 Kings 19:1-21
Verse of the day:
Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!” (I Kings 19:20)
Tomorrow morning, you wake up to the sound of knocking at your front door. You roll from your rest and waddle your way towards a response. Aaron Rodgers is standing on your front porch. His offer is simple. Leave everything and become the next quarterback for the Green Packers. Do you go? Better yet, Bill Gates drops by with a one sentence offer to become the next CEO of Microsoft. Do you stay with your pre-made plans or do you pack your bags and go? It's a life altering split second decision. You have three seconds to decide. What do you do?
Full confession. I would spend my three seconds hunting for a third option. I'd want to go, but I'd also want to stay. Let's slow time down and think this through. Maybe a trial period could be a wise option. I'll keep my current job, and let's begin to explore the potential. I'm willing to change; I'd just like to see some securities before I pack a suitcase. Why don't we consider a 6-month transitional period?
There's just one problem. You don't have 6 months. You have 3 seconds. Decide.
Do you want to know why Elisha was able to make a split second life altering decision? Here's the secret. The decision was already made. When Elijah approached Elisha with the offer to become his mentor, the opportunity didn't feel like a question; it felt like an answer. Elisha was already living a life fully surrendered to God. Elisha was already committed to do whatever God asked--whenever and wherever. In split second decisions, we literally don't have time to change our minds. We only have time to reveal the character that is already in motion.