As I've grown in my faith, over and over, I come back to the same three things. These three things keep me grounded, level headed, and remind me that the gospel, the good news is what is at the heart of it all.
So here are the three questions we should ask daily, During our quiet time, when we start a new ministry, job, or major decision.
1) Are you living for you, or Christ?
"For am I now seeking the approval of man, or God? Or am I trying to please man? If I please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. "~Galatians 1:10
There is no better way for me to answer that question, then this verse shared by Paul. Am I living for man, or am I living for the one who gave it all? It's so easy to get caught up in the glitz and glam, the instant gratification. But we are called to serve and love. This world is not the prize. So way waste our time pleasuring a world not meant for us? A lesson I'm learning repeatedly: The more I live for Christ and die to this world, the more overjoyed my spirit becomes.
2) Am I listening?
"Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long." ~Psalm 25:5
We yell, we question, we complain, we move on our own accord. " God! What do I do?!" "'Why can't I hear you?!"
I know I've said or thought all of these things. The piece missing from this equation was me. Maybe I've stopped digging into the Bible. Or when was the last time I had quiet time? Do I immediately seek Him, or run to my friends? That still voice will fade the further I get from Him. And many times I've heard His answer and refuse to accept it. Seek Him, He has never left you. Wait on Him, His timing and will are perfect.
3) Am I loving like Christ?
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. "~John 13:34-35
Love, love, love...all you need is love!
That's so simple, I can do that!
But we let things like, pride, busy work, list, rules, or shame get in our way. Do we take the time to share the gospel with someone we know needs the Lord? Have we dropped a meal by to someone in need? Mailed a random card to a stranger, served in our church or community? Or just simply listened instead of immediately responding out of anger or hate.
We must wake up and realize Christ is love,therefore we should respond simply that way. I'm not preaching to put your convictions aside, but we often forget that kindness and love should be our first response.
I ask you all to start every morning for a week with these three questions on your mind. Watch how it impacts your lives and those around you.
Jesus, coffee, and love.
That's the order of my life these days, and it is oh so sweet.