Back to the Drawing Board
… And yet I show you a more excellent way. 1st Corinthians 12:31b
I would be a good fit for the stereotype of “men who don’t read instructions”. I’m guilty more times than not for trying to figure it out using common sense.
In our Christian walk this type of behavior has caused me to become frustrated and eventually retreating to the instructions. I usually have most of the pieces in place, but not always in the right order. Unlike most projects that I’m unfamiliar with, my devotions helps me to recall certain scriptures that I can refer back to in order to get back on track.
In 2nd Peter 1, we read in the second part of verse 10 …”for if you do these things you will never stumble”. “These things”? A list of steps we can examine to see that our priorities are right. It begins with the fact that although I’ve made a mess of things, I have faith that God will see me thru. Peter tells us in verses 5-7 to add to that faith.
Virtue– Or other words could be integrity or excellence. Another word for stability in a building is the “integrity” of the structure. I may need to examine my motives or to see if there is something hindering my relationship with God. “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me, and know my anxieties.” (Psalm 139:23)
Knowledge –Make sure that what I’m doing lines up with scripture “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2nd Timothy 2:15)
Self-control – Notice knowledge comes before prudence, being the master of my sinful desires. …”But with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1st Corinthians 10:15b)
Perseverance – I have to “stay the course”, not be so fast to give up or quit. …” be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”. (1st Corinthians 15:58b)
Godliness – To be like God, to have His perspective on things. (That’s a study in itself).
Brotherly love – I don’t know about you but this is my most difficult. I guess that’s why it comes at the end. In my opinion a non-believers biggest argument against Christianity is Christians. Just sayin’!
“Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. Last but not least. (Colossians 3:13)
Love – “The more excellent way”. At the end of our venture, to know if it’s done right, the end result should always produce “Love”. Another translation is Charity, which is an action that keeps on giving. – Rob Russomano graduated from the Colony of Mercy, serves on the Keswick staff, and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: Sin is not a splash of mud upon man’s exterior, it is a filth generated within himself. —C.H. Spurgeon
Verse to Memorize: The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. Nahum 1:7