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My Life Verse


[ I often struggled with what my pastor called the vacation vs. prison mentality of relating to the world. I'd be so scared of being contaminated by the world that I'd go into the prison mentality, afraid and longing to escape. When I got bored with that, I'd go into the vacation mentality. Now I know why James says a double-minded person is unstable in all he does and should not expect to receive anything from God. I am glad I have this struggle because at least I know God is still stirring my heart. However, it is exhausting and has made me want to give up because I don't have the discipline required to be consistent with him. I have given up on the possibility of changing that.]I often struggled with what my pastor called the vacation vs. prison mentality of relating to the world.  I'd be so scared of being contaminated by the world that I'd go into the prison mentality, afraid and longing to escape.  When I got bored with that, I'd go into the vacation mentality.   Now I know why  James says a double-minded person is unstable in all he does and should not expect to receive anything from God.  I am glad  I have this struggle because at least I know  God is still stirring my heart. However, it is exhausting and has made me want to give up because I don't have the discipline required to be consistent with him.  I have given up on the possibility of changing that.

My life verse is Colossians 3:17. "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." I chose this verse because of its simplicity and because it also presents a challenge. It easy to glorify in activities in which he at the forefront, but what about everyday things? We tend to separate spiritual and secular as if one did not have to with the other. Yet, God never meant for us to separate from the world. Jesus calls us salt in Matthew 5:16. Salt must touch the food to be effective. In 1 Corinthians 5:20, Paul says we are ambassadors of Christ through whom God is making his appeal. Jesus says in Luke 16:10 that we prove ourselves faithful through the small things. Therefore, how we act in everyday things becomes important. For example, how do you represent Christ at work or school, with non-believing friends? or when you run your errands? I find these questions hard to answer because it is not always evident how I can glorify God in those things. . The Christian role in the world can be summed this way: represent God and present the message when given the opportunity.

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Nov 16, 2008, 8:40 AM

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