Develop rather the CHRISTIAN MINDSET and overcome the pagan mindset. The Lord Jesus lovingly reminded His people not to take on the pagan mindset of worrying so much on what to eat or wear for God the Father knows that we need such things and He promised to provide for all our needs. We are to rather PURSUE and SEEK GOD, HIS KINGDOM and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS FIRST , then all of our needs will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33). This is called the CHRISTIAN MINDSET. Scriptures reminds us to live responsible lives as God's faithful stewards (1 Coritnians 4:2).
It will help if we practice asking 3 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS IN NAVIGATING THROUGH LIFE.
1) Who am I really trying to impress?
2) What am I trying to prove?
3) What am I really pursuing in this life?
Honestly asking and answering these questions will clarify our motives, priorities and purpose. This will also help us make better and God- honoring decisions in life.
God's people were called by God to run the CHRISTIAN RACE (Hebrews 12:1-2) and not the RAT RACE of the world.
A day is so meaningful and successful when you know in your heart you pleased God and have done His will for that day. It is liberating when we truly understand that the most important audience and eyes looking at us in living our lives on earth is God and His eyes. it is not man's eyes that we must be most conscious about for this will make us a man- pleaser instead of a God- pleaser. The RAT RACE of the world is a very tiring kind of race. It will make you either arrogant or inferior and eventually miserable. It is founded on the shallow value systems and messurement of fhe world: SELF EXALTATION (the more popular and powerful you are, the more important you are),, MATERIALSM ( the more you have, the happier you are). The worldy race is a very tiring kind of race : Who is the prettiest? who is the most powerful? Who is the wealthiest? And the deeper people get into this value system and measurement of worldly sucess, the emptier their lives become. On the contrary , the more a person pursues Christ, God's kingdom and purposes, the fuller and fulfilling his life becomes.
REAL SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS COMES FROM GOD ALONE. The devil offers a kind of success which is at the expense of one's soul. He (the devil) is willing to offer the world in exchange of one's soul. The Lord Jesus modeled how to reject such kind of counterfeit successes and shortcuts (Matthew 4). SUCCESS THAT COMES FROM GOD IS A RESULT OF A SURRENDERED LIFE TO THE LORD, OBEDIENCE AND FAITFHULNESS TO HIM WND HIS WILL.
Notice some equations for success.
SUCCESS THROUGH UNGODLY AND WORLDY WAY = ETERNAL FAILURE (Mark 8:36)
SUCCESS GOD'S WAY (GOD- HONORING AND ACCORDING TO GOD'S WILL) = BLESSED LIFE ON EARTH AND ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH CHRIST (Joshua 1:8; Philippians 3:13-14)
We can choose our success equation. CHOOSE SUCESS GOD'S WAY, NOT THE DECEPTIVE WORLDY WAY. We need to be in constant check as to what we are pursuing In life. The saying,"You have all the time in this world," is not true. It may psychologically calm people but we know that is not true, and yet, many people have bought into this idea. Truth is WE ONLY HAVE A LIMITED TIME.
So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalms 90:12 NKJV)
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:15-17 NKJV)
IT WILL BE BENEFICIAL IF WE WILL PRACTICE THE PRINCIPLE OF A MAXIMIZED LIFE: DESIRE TO BE ALL THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO BE AND DO ALL THAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO FOR HIS GLORY AND NOT FOR SELF GLORY!
KEEP DOING YOUR BEST AND KEEP GIVING GOD YOUR BEST.
KEEP EXPECTING FOR GOD'S BEST.
KEEP TRUSTING GOD'S HIGHER PURPOSES!
KEEP BELIEVING THAT YOUR BEST DAYS ARE STILL AHEAD OF YOU!
BE BLESSED TODAY!