- http://lockwoodchurch.org/media (Listening time: 24:37)
I’ve often asked myself what must happen for someone to discern what is best in a given situation. Is it best to take this job or stay with the one I’ve got? Should we move to a larger house or continue making do? Shall we retire or should keep working for a few more years? How can we discern what’s good from what’s best?
When we ask: “What must happen in order to discern what is best?” we’re assuming that discernment is primarily a procedural thing, as if discernment is just a matter of following the right steps. I’ve come to think there is a prior and more important question: “What kind of people do we need to be to discern what is best?” The Apostle Paul’s surprising answer to that question is: We have to be people with a healthy love life.
That love life – what Paul elsewhere calls “a life of love” – is critical to godly discernment. And that’s what Paul prays for in tPhilippians 1:9-11: that his dear friends’ “love will abound … so that [they] will be able to discern what is best…”