Following on the heels of Scripture in decision making, I believe that a life influenced by Scripture will lead to a life of Character.
What do you do in a world that allows for anything? You live a life of character. You live a life that rejects worldly ways. You, “walk not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers” (Ps. 1:1). By living like this, you are blessed by God. The world may hate you and scoff at you, but God blesses you and this is worth any and all ridicule and attacks you will receive. We should seek to live a life of character. A life that gives glory and honor to God.
Especially as Christians, we should be a people who desire to live a life that is pleasing to Christ. But do we live that life? Do we seek to honor Christ in all we do? I would venture to say that the majority of us would say yes. I would also say that the majority of us fail regularly. Thank God for His grace.
Just because we fail to honor Christ regularly does not mean we stop. No, it just means we strive to only think on, “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil. 4:8). If we keep our minds on these things, then we will be able to live a deeper Christ-honoring life.
As Christians, we should want others to be out of this dark and depraved world. We should want them to set their minds on the true, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy Savior. Not anything else. What value is it to only speak of worldly things when worldly things cannot do any eternal good for someone? The answer is that there is no value.
We should seek to reach the lost and by doing that the worldly things will begin to shift. Nothing is going to be different in this world without people having the intentions of their hearts changed. And that only happens by the grace of God given to them for salvation. They become a new creation and receive a new life.
That is what will make things better. Not us but the power of the Lord. We carry the message and deliver it but He does the work. He is the one who can and does, make people change. Let us be a people who can receive the commendation that Paul gave Philemon:
“I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you” (4-7).
Let us continue to live a life of character. A life that rejects all the worldly ways. If we will seek to live like that, then who knows what can happen in this twisted, wicked, depraved, and evil world. Let us go forth, Saints, and take the word of life to as many as we can while we still can.