Our pastor has begun a new sermon series through the book of Hebrews which has been a real challenge. I find myself asking: “Where can I improve as a father, husband, friend, pastor, son, musician, disciple?”
Improvements will require some sort of change; some sort of choice. And there are many. Choices, choices, choices. All day, every day. New or used. Left or right. Coke or Pepsi. Paper or plasic. Give or receive. You get the idea.
“The LORD has shown you what is good. He has told you what he requires of you. You must treat people fairly. You must love others faithfully. And you must be very careful to live the way your God wants you to.” Micah 6:8 NIRV
Careful. Again that’s a tough part about choices. Some choices produce good; some harm. You also have to be careful about whom you model. Some role models can help you in your walk with Christ, provided they’re following Christ too (see 1 Corinthians 11:1). But some role models can become idols.
“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.” Galatians 6:4–5 NLT
God will not reward us for living our life just like so-and-so, but only for living our life like His Son. Jesus, the one who gave glory to God here on earth by completing the work God gave Him to do (John 17:4).
“The LORD is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices.” Proverbs 21:3 NLT