Month: February 2017

Glimmers in a Perfect Life

As a Christian, we need to live up to that name. The word Christian basically means “little Christ” and often times we forget that it means more than just something you put down on our Facebook bio section—it is our identity (Philippians 3:7). We are to be like Christ in every sense of the word. Interestingly enough, there are aspects of Christ that we tend to forget. We know the big ones like not kill, not commit adultery, or whatever “big sin” that runs through our mind. Being a Christian means to follow and emulate our Savior. According to John 13:15, Jesus sets an example for us to follow. The Gospels are the only accounts we have of Jesus’ perfect life. And although this post is not an extensive look at the life of Christ, the following are a few that have recently convicted me on where I need to grow. Jesus worshipped in public regularly (Luke 4:16) And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He …

Call, Choice, Obedience, Faith, and Reward—from “Discipline” (Part 1)

I started reading Elisabeth Elliot’s Discipline: The Glad Surrender on a sick day and have been overwhelmingly convicted. I chose to start this book because I knew I desperately needed help with the topic of this book, discipline. God has been convicting me through scripture and He continues to through the truths and anecdotes from this book. A few words can summarize the first six chapters: call, choice, obedience, faith, reward. I couldn’t help but include almost all my favorite (and most nerve-striking) quotes from the book. call—choice God not only created me, He “created me with the power to disobey, for the freedom to obey would be nothing at all without the corresponding freedom to disobey.” This sounded so logical to me when I first read it. I never thought about my “free will” (in light of God’s sovereignty) in this way before. It’s logical because I have a choice before me: I can answer yes, or I can answer no. God reveals Himself to me through all that He has created. He has …

Perfectionism Became the Enemy of My Productivity

I confess that there are times when I just want to be perfect, not in the sense of pursuing holiness, but in a manner that seeks to glorify myself. Those are times when I admit “not setting [my] mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matthew 16:23) When I seek to do things with the intention to glorify myself rather than God, two things usually happen, either I do the thing unsuccessfully or I don’t do anything at all. I realized that this was a form of procrastination: putting a task aside because of the prideful fear of failing or doing it incorrectly. I was convicted of being like the servant with only one talent or one mina in Matthew 25 and Luke 19, respectively. Those moments of selfish ambition for perfection that led to no progress were evidence of moments when I forgot the value of Christ. Not that everything I seek to do for God’s glory is easy or will result in success, but it’s faithfulness that the …