Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Applying the Scalpel of God's Word ~Day 9 {Make. It. Count.}

Do you ever feel as though you are living a double life?

I do.

Sometimes, I feel like there are actually two of me - two distinctly, entirely different people, - both claiming to be me.

You see, there is the me everyone sees from the outside looking in,

and then,

there is the me only God and I see looking from the inside out.


Those looking at me from the outside often see someone who is kind and loving, patient, thoughtful, etc. But, the view from the inside looking out.....well, let's just say it's not so pretty. If those around me could only see into my heart and my mind - my, oh my! One thing is for sure, who I appear to be and who I really am, doesn't always add up.

God calls us TO BE REAL in our actions and our deeds. It is not enough to simply perform.
We must conform our mind to the very will of God.
We must conform our thinking to that of God.
We must examine our own heart in light of God's Word, and this is never easy to do.

In Romans 12:9-16, we find a checklist for authentic Christianity. I have to warn you, though. These verses of scriptures are a pretty tough pill to swallow. As I read these words, my fake facade started to crumble and the real, not so Christ-like me, began to be revealed. After all, God's Word has a way of doing that, doesn't it?


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Today as you read through this passage, I would like to encourage you to think of the words here as a spiritual checklist. Use them as a means to see the real you, the you that sometimes only God and you see.


If we are going to Make. It. Count., we must be willing to be real with ourself and be real with our God.


Allow God's Word to reveal to you the places in your heart that have yet to be surrendered. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict, and then amazingly, begin to transform your heart into one that reflects the heart of Christ.

Ok...ready?  Here we go:
(Romans 12:9-16)

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Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.

How is my love walk?
Do I really love others or am I just pretending to love them?

Hate what is wrong.

Do I really hate what is wrong or do I often make excuses to continue doing, enjoying or participating in those things that I know are wrong in the eyes of God?

Hold tightly to what is good.

Do I hold on tightly to the things of God?....that which is good?
Do I sometimes allow pride or the love of the world to allow me to loosen my grip on the things of God?


Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Is my love genuine?
Do I esteem others better than myself?
Am I living out true love as described in 1 Corinthians 13?
Do I delight in honoring others?

Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.

Do I give the Lord my all....or do I only give Him my leftovers?
Do I serve from a happy heart or do I moan and groan?
Is my service to Him real?

Rejoice in our confident hope.

Do I rejoice in the hope I have in Christ?
Do others see God's hope springing out of me?

Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.

Am I patient?.....even when things aren't going my way?
Do I keep pressing in to God?
Does my hope remain steady and sure?

When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.

Am I there for those in need?
Can God count on me to be His hands and His feet?
Do I help willfully and cheerfully?

Always be eager to practice hospitality.

Do I look for opportunities to serve others?
Do I welcome people into my home......into my life?

Bless those who persecute you.

Do I do THIS?!Do I give back good in place of the evil I have received?

Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

Again.....Do I do THIS?!
Do I pray for God to extend His hand of mercy, grace and love to those who have hurt me?

Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.

Do I honestly share in the joy and sadness of those around me?
Are my tears genuine?
Is my joy sincere?

Live in harmony with each other.

Do I live peacefully with those in my own home, at my office, or sharing the highway with me?
Do I avoid gossip, backbiting, etc.
Do I go the extra mile to keep the peace?

Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people.

Do I ever think I am better than other people?
Or act as if I am?
Am I exclusive?

And don’t think you know it all!
Do I do THIS?!


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As you went through this checklist of authentic living, how did you do?

Oh, .........I see.

Well, don't be discouraged.
God's Word not only reveals the hidden parts of man -
when combined with the power of the Holy Spirit and a surrendered heart -
 it also provides the power we need to be all that Christ is calling us to be.

One thing is for sure.

If we are to be true followers of Christ, authentic Christians who Make. It. Count., we have to first see our need. Once we see us for who we really are, we can start the journey to becoming who our Heavenly Father intended for us to be.

As we allow the scalpel of God's Word to pierce our heart,
to remove all that is un-Christlike,
to recreate us into His image,
we will be transformed into WHO we were created to be in and through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

We will be real, authentic Christians.

We will be like Christ.

We will  Make. It. Count.







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