Christian Life

WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE?

Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.               I Timothy 4:12 NKJV

Whether we like it or not, all of us are role models. Our friends and family members watch our actions and, as followers of Christ, we are obliged to act accordingly.                                        What kind of example are you? Are you the kind of person whose life serves as a genuine example of righteousness? Are you a person whose behavior serves as a positive role model for young people? Are you the kind of person whose actions, day in and day out, are based upon kindness, faithfulness, and a love for the Lord! If so, you are not only blessed by God, but you are also a powerful force for good in a world that so desperately needs positive influences such as yours.                                                                                                                   Corrie ten Boom advised, “Don’t worry about what you do not understand. Worry about what you do understand in the Bible, but do not live by.” That’s sound advice because our friends and families are watching every move we make….and so is God.



Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.