Do Not Make Decisions Based on Emotions

Daily Devotional

Matt 10:11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.

In your world you are always placed in the position where you have to make decisions about people. Rather than make these decisions on a whim, gather information first.

When Jesus sent out his disciples in Matthew 10, he gave them two instructions as to how they should relate to people in verse 11. He said “and into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.” The first instruction revolved around the phrase – “enquire who is worthy”. The lesson that Jesus was teaching his disciples was that before they made a decision as to who to spend time with, they must first spend time gathering information about them.  Isn’t that interesting?  In effect Jesus was directing his disciples away from making decisions about people  on emotions, which is one way in which mistakes are made. The disciples were anointed but if they made their decisions based on emotions they could mess up their anointing.  

The first part of the instruction is to identify people who are worthy or share similar values by first gathering information about them. Once that is done, the second part of the instruction becomes relevant: It is to abide with them. In other words Jesus was saying; hang out with likeminded people that share similar values. After Mary’s encounter with the angel she went to hang out with Elizabeth, who too was pregnant. Elisha hung out with Elijah who carried a similar anointing. The wisdom that we can draw from the life of both Mary and Elisha is that to protect what God has put in you; you must find people with the mind of Christ and hang out with them.

Who you hang with will determine whether your anointing grows or dies.

Life Application: Gather adequate information about people before making a decision to make them close companions.

Prayer: Lord, give the wisdom to make the right decisions about people. Also, help me to surround myself with people who will push me to be greater in you. In Jesus name, amen.

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