How To Honor God With Your Decision Making Process

As Christian business owners and leaders, we are often faced with major decision making opportunities. Unfortunately, these situations do not always come with much warning and often carry significant consequences. Though these opportunities are critical functions of our leadership roles, we are seldom adequately trained in how to execute them – especially from a Christian perspective. In light of that, I want to share a simple set of decision making questions that can help you make God-honoring decisions.

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Eternal Perspective

If you have read any of my posts before today, you likely know that one of my recurring themes is that of having an eternal perspective. In my mind, decision making that is done from anything but an eternal perspective is not God-honoring and misses the mark.

Sure, some of the decisions we are asked to make from day to day are not ones that appear like they will have a major impact on eternity. I get that. At the same time, sometimes appearances are not what they seem.

Significant Consequences

Sometimes seemingly small decisions can carry significant consequences. It is for this reason that we need to take our decision making process seriously. We need to attempt to include God in every decision we make. How far you take this advice is up to you, but I think you can understand what I mean.

Not only do we need to include Him in our decision making process, but we also need to make sure that we have some sort of structure for our bigger decisions.

Decision Making Structure

I am not recommending anything too formal, but a good set of questions that we can go through when facing these larger decisions can be a huge help. A recent C12 segment included a great set of questions that can serve this very purpose. I am pulling the main questions, and supporting questions, directly from this segment.

My suggestion is that you take these five questions and put them somewhere you can access easily and quickly when you need them. Then, when faced with a tough decision making situation, pull them out and go through them one at a time.

Improve Your Odds!

While this decision making process will not guarantee you to make the right decisions every time, it will significantly increase the odds in your favor. Depending on how honest you can be with yourself, you should see improved results by asking these questions.

Rather than try to cram all five of these questions into one long post, I am going to break them into several posts. I will cover the first question in this post.

Here is the first question:

Decision Making Question #1

How will your most important priorities as God’s child and servant be enhanced by this decision?

In other words, will such a decision enhance your fruitfulness? Or, might these very priorities (i.e., your calling) be hindered if you make such a decision? (Remember, God doesn’t work against Himself!)

You may want to read that a couple of times to make sure you understand exactly what it is asking.

Most Important Priorities?

First, what are your most important priorities as God’s child and servant? While this may be debatable to some, I think Scripture answers this quite clearly. In Matthew 22:35-40, Jesus tells us that our top priorities are these:

Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul.
Love your neighbor as yourself.

Priorities Affected?

Second, you need to ask yourself how these priorities would be affected by this decision. Would one of the options before you enhance the fruit you are bearing in living out these priorities? Would that option limit your fruit?

In some cases, the decision may have no affect at all on these priorities. That is certainly possible, but we need to make sure by praying through our answer. Sometimes we can hide critical factors from ourselves if we are not careful. We must ask God to reveal these to us.

Stay Tuned!

I hope you can see how this question can help to guide us through the decision making process. In my next posts, I will cover the remainder of the questions.

Stay tuned!

Think about a recent decision that you have made.

Would this question have changed how you approached that decision?

Would it have changed your decision altogether?

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  • Sometimes God influences our decision making by the circumstances and places and people He places before us. Some are obvious and some require reflection into the rearview mirror to see more clearly. What I have come to understand is this: It is not always what I want that matters, but that I must be sensitive and aware of what God wants for me. My attitude is that I am willing to follow and go wherever and do whatever He leads me, even if sometimes that means I discover I am where I am to be doing what I am to do for now.

    • As smart as we sometimes think we are, our choices for ourselves would often end up taking glory from God. That is not His will. If we can only remember that He knows best and will always achieve His purpose, THEN we can let go of the decision and trust Him. TOUGH to do…

      • Amen… this is a truth that sets us truly free from the fear of making a decision on our own. God is always glorified even through our oops! Thankfully nothing takes Him by surprise. God bless and guide us all.

  • Although it may seem like an obvious God-centered decision–I recently accepted a pastoral position–I had to pray and search my heart to know I was motivated by God’s call on my life rather than seeking an open position that was convenient. Time will tell, but I believe I made the right decision at the right time for the right reasons.

    • Congratulations, Tom! I am sure you will be great at the job! I look forward to hearing stories about the successes…

      • And the messes! Actually after 3 weeks, I’m finally getting a sense of God’s direction for the next few months. Of course, a healthy community in Christ is the long-term focus.

  • Make the decision that best promotes relationship, first with God and then with others. If we uswd no other basis for making a decision, this alone would get it done in a God-honoring way the majority of the time.

    • Kari, I think you are certainly on target with boiling it down to the greatest commandments (Matthew 22:35-40). The problem is that is is often very difficult to determine how the various options in some business decisions actually relate to this idea of relationship. That is when I think it requires further questions to clarify the right choice. Does that make sense?

      • I definitely agree that we often need that further clarification, that deeper analysis is necessary. I think we can make decisions more difficult than they really are at times too. At least, that’s what I so often do. Because business decisions are so intertwined with finances and other related aspects of running a business, I think this deeper analysis is usually necessary to sort through it all and get at what truly is best for relationships.

        • You are right about making decisions more difficult than they need to be. That often happens when we are rationalizing in one way or another and we end up bringing in irrelevant information that clouds the decision. Thanks for your insight!

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  • AbdullahBirdsong

    Thanks for sharing this awesome insight! I look forward to learning about the other questions. I have a lot of huge decisions coming up in ministry and business. God bless!

    • You are welcome! I hope these questions are helpful for you in your upcoming decisions!