Monday, June 25, 2012

"we encourage" - A Manner Worthy

This jumped out at me during my quiet time...again.

{Phillipinas 1:27a}
And I love it.
I could coast along.
I'm not doing too bad. I spend time with the Lord, help at church, try to help others in need if at all possible.
But when I read this again, I had a moment.
A moment when I realized these are a very small part of "conducting myself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ".
 So I began to pray on what this scripture should look like in my life.
Do I live as though I am forgiven, or do I hold onto guilt?
Is my first priority to share the good news and salvation I've received through Christ with others, or do I avoid it out of fear of rejection?
Do I show love to my Hubby and children when I'm at the end of my rope or do I snap and show my frustration?
Am I truly considering others above myself or must it be convenient for me?
On any given day you could probably find me on both ends of this spectrum.
My heart is in line with this verse.
My prayer is to line up my conduct.
Of course I will never live out the christian life perfectly. And only God can direct me to the way I should be living. It is clear to me that I need to be in prayer for more specific direction from Him. Not fall into this habit of doing things because I know they are "good". But asking specifically what He has for me each day. I want my heart and conduct to be only in line with His will for me.
What am I thinking, saying, reading, watching?
Am I serving in a manner that uses the gifts He has given me or am I fitting myself into something because I want to do it?
Is it all worthy of the gospel of Christ?
I intend to take stock  and change what needs changing. All while praying for His perfect guidance.



Aly @ mommie diaries said...

desperately needed every word of this. my heart has become hardened lately and I hate it so much...

hannah singer said...

oh, friend. always need this. lord, help us!
i LOVE you, jami! xo

Veronica and Daniel said...

"My prayer is to line up my conduct." Me too! My brain knows how I should act (considering others, not snapping) but my conduct does not always line up with that knowledge. This was exactly what I needed to read this morning :) Have a blessed day!

Heather said...

i am always blessed when I visit your blog :) thanks for hosting the link up

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

yes, my desire to.
love you jami and this post today.:)

No(dot dot)el said...

this is so poignant and needed. thank you for the reminder as well as the link up.

Flor said...

oh my goodness, this totally hit home for me!!
i need to do some self reflection as well.
i remember reading something from a joyce meyer devotional.. something along the lines of.. when we wake up in the morning the first thing we should say is.. "good morning God, what would you like me to do today?" {or something along those lines}.
because then, we are realizing, in the instant before our selfish desires get in the way, that our day should be dictated by His will and not OUR wants and to do lists :)

anyways, your post got me thinking about all of that :)

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