I think we’ve all heard this quote in some way, shape, or form. Well, yesterday in the middle of getting frustrated at someone I thought just talked a lot but wasn’t bout’ nothing, God challenged me. How many of us criticize other people for saying all the right things and never following through, but we have that same attitude towards our relationship with Christ? I believe He wants to challenge us. We call ourselves “Christians.” We say we love God. But do our lives reflect that? Sis, do you know what defines your life? Do you know what dictates the quality of life you’ll have, the state of your relationship with Christ, and ultimately whether or not you will enter Heaven? Your actions. Not the cute titles we may use, like “Christian” or “Believer”, not the “desires” you may express to be better, or the spiritual cliches you may post on the Gram. God could care less about those things if your lifestyle doesn’t reflect it. Every moment of every single day we have a choice when it comes to the actions we take…to choose God or choose the ways of the world. It’s the actions we take in the situations we face daily that “define” who we are. There’s no room for “shades of grey.”
“I know your works; that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Revelations 3:15-16 (NASB)
The Lord says He knows our works… not our title, not our societal labels, not our dreams or our hopes. He looks at our works. And at the end of the day, our works [actions] are either those that obey God, that bear the fruit of salvation, or they are not. We’re either real or we’re fake based on the actions we take. So, what do your actions define you as? Can you be defined as a woman of God or a woman of the world? Think about every action you took today. Not what you may have thought, but how you acted. Not what you said you were going to do, but what you actually did.
In the quote, the word action[s] is plural. Is the sum of your actions one that defines the life of someone who walks with God daily or walks contrary to Him? If you’re like me and you find some actions that are contrary to the lifestyle God calls us to live, take them to Christ in prayer tonight, ask for forgiveness, repent, and seek wisdom in His Word about how to practically fix that issue you’re facing during your devotional time. One mistake does not define who you are, no matter how bad it was or how tough the consequences. And don’t let the enemy bully you into thinking otherwise. But, if you look at your daily actions, which in essence is your lifestyle, and it is consistently contrary to the will of God, be encouraged! You still have time! You’re still breathing, aren’t you? The beauty of having a relationship with Christ is that even when our actions are contrary to Him, He still loves us to the end of the Earth and back! He allowed Himself to be senselessly beaten and killed so that we could know the unconditional love He has for us and find a new way to approach the craziness of life. This love is what makes me want to be obedient; it makes me want to please Him, even when I mess up. It’s not about following the rules, its about feeding the relationship. He will develop this love and desire to please Him in your heart too, but you have to be real. He just wants us to be honest. Honest about the actions we’ve taken and the life we’re living. So, be real with yourself and God tonight. He loves you too much to see you define yourself as anything less than a Daughter of the Creator of the Universe…so don’t settle for any less. ♥