Thursday, September 18, 2008
Small decision, BIG results
From Ezra, I read this. "This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the law of the LORD and to teach those laws and regulations to the people of Israel." (Ezra 7:10)
Three little decisions. To study the WORD. To obey the WORD. To teach the WORD.
And one indication of his motivational level. Ezra had DETERMINED.
Funny, isn't it. We can make those same decisions. To study. To obey. To teach. And we can have the same level of motivation as Ezra did. We can decide to be DETERMINED.
Stubbornly set upon. Unwavering. Committed. Undistracted.
We can put our muscle behind our will. And we can have results too.
What happened to Ezra as a result of this determination? He was appointed by the King of Persia to come to Jerusalem from Babylon, and single handedly lead the Jews in rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem. AND, he was responsible for educating the Jews in the Law of God when they returned from the Babylonian Captivity.
He made a decision in his own heart-- probably in the quiet of his own soul. He put all he had into the decision. He stuck with it. He didn't back off, slow down or give up. And God honored the decision by choosing Ezra to lead God's people back into their faith-life.
A little decision. A huge result.
What could happen in your life, if you made the same decision?