What Will Define Your Life?
Posted on June 12, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
Every moment of every day in every action or inaction we take we are recording events that define us. The Bible goes as far as to say that in the judgement day we will have to give account for every idle word we said (Matt. 12:36).
Who of us can claim perfection? We all do foolish things, say unkind words, act before we think, put our weaknesses and imperfections on display.
Here’s the good news, we do not need to be defined by our worst mistakes.
- David wasn’t. Murderer to a man after God’s own heart and beloved King.
- Peter wasn’t. Most unlikely denier of Christ to powerful evangelist who died through being crucified upside down for his faith.
- John Newton wasn’t. From depraved captain of a slave trader ship to powerful pastor and writer of “Amazing Grace.”
- Chuck Colson wasn’t. From indicted felon to founder of Prison Fellowship.
And neither do you need to be. You may not be remembered in history, but you are being observed and helping write the history of someone else.
God forgives and forgets. The interesting thing is that so does man if they see a “new” person, a person who now not only has abandoned his former ways but lives in stark contrast to his past.
Our society is replete with hypocrites, people who say one thing and do another. We are (or should be) disgusted with many of our politicians on both sides of the aisle. Many of our Hollywood and TV stars live lives of debauchery while deriding persons of purity. Fantasy is exciting and they live in a world of their own make-believe. There is pleasure in sin while it lasts (Heb. 11:25). People follow heroes even if they are bad heroes.
The most haunting element to all of this is that Christians are held to the highest standards and given the least understanding. That’s why we need to flee youthful lusts and run from temptation. Hebrews 2:22 goes on to say, “…but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” In other words, go in a different direction. That’s what the world notices.
Is it easy? No. Is it worth it? Yes. That’s how you want to be remembered. That’s what you want to define your life.
Written By Neil Fichthorn: Rev. Neil Fichthorn is a seasoned conference and camping servant having served at Gull Lake Bible Conference, Sandy Cove Ministries as President, and an interim Executive Director at Pinebrook Bible Conference. He also served in church music for decades as a choir director and arranger. He has been Bill Welte’s mentor and friend for over 45 years.
Think About This: “God’s commands are designed to guide you to life’s very best. You will not obey Him, if you do not believe Him and trust Him. You cannot believe Him if you do not love Him. You cannot love Him unless you know Him” – Henry Blackaby
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go [c]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [d]Amen. –Matthew 28:18-20
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