The Challenge- Speech, Behavior, Love, Faith, Purity
The next area that I am hitting on is behavior, or the way that we act on a day to day basis. It’s basically how we react to life. You are probably expecting a list of “Christian Do’s and Dont’s” or maybe a reminder of those good ‘ol Ten Commandments. You know- THE RULES. But we are missing the heart of the matter if we are only focused on “good” or “bad” behavior. There is one verse that really gives us the blue print for our life.
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants
to be my follower, you must turn from your
selfish ways, take up your cross daily,and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
What does that really mean? It means having your priorities in order: God, then EVERYTHING else. It means being liberated from the compulsive need to have your own way. You are more focused on God and what His will is for your life than your own personal agenda. This can be hard to do, because humans by nature are selfish. We want to be the leader of our own life, not the follower. We tend to make our choices in life based on our own personal happiness first. It takes a lot of trust to say, “God, I choose you first.” But here is His answer back to us when we do,
“Trust the LORD, and do good things. Live in the land, and practice being faithful. Be happy with the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3)
See, we really don’t have anything to loose when we make our life’s choices based on God being our number one priority. There is one catch though, if you read the first verse carefully. It doesn’t say “take up your cross one time, and follow me”. It says, “take up your cross daily, and follow me.” We have to be reminded of this because our tendency is to start out strong, but soon we fall back into old patterns and behaviors of living. You started out letting God take the wheel, but if we aren’t diligent He will be in the trunk! So begin a habit of choosing God first. That habit will turn into a lifestyle and that lifestyle will turn into a wonderful destiny!