Decide Ahead of Time

The topic of our message this past Sunday was compromise. When we compromise, we make a concession or accept some standard that is lower than what might be desirable. The concept of concessions is the idea that maybe 99% is good enough. It is to decide that we don’t need the full lot, the total sum, or the complete package.
So, let’s consider this question: “What if 99% was good enough?” Well, according to an article I saw, if we had no phone service for 1% of the time, we would lose communication for about 15 minutes daily. Can you imagine the outcry if everyone in the OC could not make any call, text, or email for 15 minutes every day?

That same article asserted that if 1% of babies were dropped in the hospital at birth, some 35,000 little boys and girls would be significantly injured. If 99% were good enough, we would have unsafe drinking water 3 days a year. On it goes…
Compromise sets us up for unwanted concessions. 99% is indeed NOT ENOUGH. Especially spiritually, we must avoid compromise.
We can avoid compromise by being built up in Christ, attending to His will, and memorizing His Word. We avoid compromise by walking steadfast in His truth. This suggests that our behavior is impacted by our daily habits of prayer and Bible study.
The net effect of these habits is that we become rooted in Him. We become stable in our relationship and can rely on His counsel, His encouragement, and even His rebukes.
But as I thought through the message, it occurred to me that there might be a very practical thing that we can do to help us stay fixed on Him and avoid compromise. We could commit ahead of time to do what’s right.
We often tell young people to wait to engage in sexual activity until they are in a marriage relationship. One of the tools to sustain that thought is for them to commit ahead of time to that decision. Before we meet a special someone, we commit to wait. Before we start dating, we commit to wait. Before we spend time alone, we commit to wait.
It is that prior thinking and pre-commitment that helps young people avoid the pressure of the moment. That same approach can work for all of us in any number of situations. So, this week, let’s take a long look at the kinds of things we might be prone to compromise on in our spiritual life. Once we have identified them, we need to make some out loud, shared commitments to avoid those situations.
Let’s gather around a circle of folks who can help hold us accountable and decide ahead of time NOT to compromise!

Sherry Worel
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School.
Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.

June 10th, 2021

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