The last entry in this little series is deceptively simple…but utterly life-transforming if you put it into practice.
It is based on Philippians 1:27: Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
One of the best books I have ever read is Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. He writes: “God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embracing, all-consuming passion–namely a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying His supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.” (p.31)
All means all.
I have the amazing privilege of knowing Jesus personally and telling others about Him. There is no higher calling and no greater joy. After all that He has done for me, I want every area of my life to please Him.
So…every day (especially when trouble hits), I need to ask myself:
“Do my thoughts honor Him?”
“Does my attitude honor Him?”
“Do my words honor Him?”
“Do my actions honor Him?”
I have been amazed at how asking myself those simple questions has transformed my daily life.
My worry doesn’t honor Him. Nor does anger, or harsh or critical words, complaining or unbelief.
I’m not talking about sheer willpower here. This is living by the Spirit…submitting my will to His, asking Him to take over and live His life through me, producing the fruit of His Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23).
This has drawn my heart ever-closer to the magnificent heart of Jesus. In the process, He is transforming this self-centered, proud, fearful and sometimes hard heart into one that honestly seeks to honor Him in all I say and do.
It is a beautiful exchange.
Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor Him for He is your Lord. –Ps. 45:11