There is an underlying theme throughout scripture we know is there. For some reason, we miss the personal application on a certain level, and even seem to be okay with it. Once it is pointed out, you begin to see it all over the Bible.
The theme is the importance of having a supple, soft, moldable spirit, and living out that reality in your life.
Scripture constantly points out the importance of living out our faith. I’m not talking about the easy stuff – going to church, tithing, mission trips. It’s the DAILY walk, day in, day out, when no one is looking. What we think. What we murmur under our breath. Gossiping. Slandering. Holding on to jealousy, anger, resentment. Letting judgement trump grace. Not having time to be kind because we are in a hurry. Ignoring gentleness. Being unforgiving because we have forgotten that God has forgiven us. Being self-focused rather than God-focused.
Several scriptures this week point out the importance of living out our faith by having a moldable spirit.
Day 15 – Matthew 10:38-39 Whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me isn’t worthy of me. Anyone finding his life will lose it, and anyone losing his life because of me will find it.
BECAUSE… consciously taking up our cross EVERY day molds us.
Day 16 – Proverbs 2:20 Keep to the path of righteousness, AND Matt 11:29 (Jesus talking) Take up my yoke and learn from me.
BECAUSE… righteous living and learning more about God’s teachings molds us.
Day 18 – Proverbs 3:1-2 My son, don’t forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being.
BECAUSE… keeping God commands molds us.
Day 19 – Matthew 12:33 … a tree is known by its fruit…
BECAUSE… being fruitful everyday is a constantly molding experience, making us more like Christ.
Striving to live out our faith daily must be a constant on the Christian’s heart, mind, and soul. It keeps us supple, gentle, teachable for the kingdom. We should realize the importance of living out our faith every morning, and commit daily to live in every way possible for the glory of God.
That said, let me balance a few things. First, how we live doesn’t save us. Only faith in Jesus saves from sin. How we live also doesn’t condemn us. There is nothing we can do that will keep us from the love of God when we are seeking him wholeheartedly. Just as no act is good enough to bring us to Him, no act is bad enough when we come in repentance for Him to reject us.
So why be moldable and live out our faith? Because it is how we show our love for God. Everything we have is from Him. The one thing we do have is our will. Choosing to follow Him it is a form of worship. When we choose to reject His ways, it is a form of idolatry.
Harsh, but true.
So this week, be aware of having a moldable spirit. I also challenge you to begin to highlight verses in your Bible that mention living our your faith. It is everywhere! You’ll realize this as your Bible gets lit up with your highlighting pen. And, just as your pages become brighter, I hope that you too will shine God’s love further and further into the darkness and be effective for Him.