The sign above hangs in my living room as a reminder. It tells me my sole purpose each day. You want to live your life for Christ? You want to call yourself a Christian? Then, live it all out.
1. It seems to be the popular mindset of the day, but God hates lukewarm Christianity. Take a position.
‘I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Because you say, “I am rich and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and poor and miserable and blind and naked.’
This verse is the perfect depiction. We have everything, but do we really have the most valuable? If we do, are we living accordingly?
2. You’ve decided to follow Jesus. Awesome! Then, live life separate.
1 Peter 1:15-16
But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”
Ask yourself the next time you watch a movie, is this behavior holy? It’s a tough question. Think about the language and lifestyles you promote by the way you live. Sometimes I present this argument to myself: If God were right beside me, would I want to share this part of my life with Him? The irony is, as a Christian, God lives in us. He’s always with us. So, why would I ever want to indulge in less than holy?
3. Live life to seem different. You were called to be a light.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamo and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Do you want to live a desirable life? Then, those around you have to see a difference. If you claim to love Jesus, but blend in with your peers, there’s a problem. People want solutions, and you were created to be part of one. Fulfill your purpose by living for your Creator.
My favorite verse is Philippians 4:1, “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Knowing Jesus is valuable. Unfortunately, we often take it for granted. It becomes part of us but not all of us. Jesus didn’t give us such an option. He wants you, completely devoted, living life according with His plan. That’s real Christianity. So if you wouldn’t call your life holy, then ask yourself, what’s holding me back? Why am I not fully devoted? And how can I truly honor God with my life?