I have learned that to live life well, we need to be thoughtful and intentional and understand why as well as how to do it. Jesus lived a short life by today’s standards of life expectancy, yet had an appreciation for how to live in right relationship with his Father and other human beings.
I decided to follow Jesus and His teachings long ago because I concluded He is the only way to forgiveness, salvation, and human flourishing. I placed my faith, hope, and trust in Jesus as my Savior and Lord because of His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. I affirm He is the only One who qualifies for my allegiance. His words are designed to give me ultimate wholeness. The work of the Holy Spirit enables and empowers me to live up the teachings of His Kingdom. In short, Jesus transformed me to live with purpose, clarity, and power. Last, Jesus loved and lived life in accordance with the divinely revealed Scriptures that we know today as the Bible. He knew the writings of the prophets and affirmed their accuracy, historicity, and relevance.
Jesus knew our proclivity to run our own race without His assistance, and warned of the consequences of such action. The Scriptures are replete with the admonition to “guard your heart” as a regular discipline of life. Here are several steps we can take to practice that idea.
Imagine the dashboard of your car. There are several gauges you need to pay attention to ensure your car is in good working condition. Likewise, imagine four gauges of your life that you should review on a regular basis.
The first is the spiritual gauge. How is your soul doing? What holy habits do you practice to walk with the Lord? Like the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 119: 9, and 11, “Have you hidden God’s Word in your heart, so you will not sin against Him?”
Second is the physical gauge. Jesus says our physical bodies are meant to be a “temple for the Lord.” How are you stewarding your body for the glory of God? How clean, pure, and healthy are you? How are your sleep, nutrition, and exercise patterns? How are you taking care of your teeth, eyes, skin, and general health?
The third gauge is the emotional one. How do you handle the daily stress and demands of life? How do you handle people and circumstances? How content are you amidst the ups and downs of getting older, staying in touch with and caring for your parents, as well as your siblings? How do you practice the ministry of presence in the community of people you value?
The fourth gauge to keep an eye on is the check engine light. When this light blinks, it’s time to stop and pull over for an assessment. It may happen when you are susceptible toward acting on temptation. Or you may not be fulfilling the mandate of your call to love God and carry out your responsibilities in your family, at school, at work, or in Chi Alpha. Are losing your spiritual fervor to walk according to the Word of God and live a holy life? You may be considering a moral short cut that could endanger your soul and cause younger believers to be affected by your choices. Have you allowed one of the seven deadly sins to get rooted in your mind and/or actions?
Read Luke 2:52. Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man. Jesus lived a life worth emulating, under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. Grow devotionally. Periodically checking your life gauges will help you stay tuned up and in step with Jesus.
Love is a verb,
©2017 by Mike Olejarz