As I contemplate how to pursue living a courageous life, I decided to look to the word of God and the life of Paul for a reference. What would it look like to live for Christ? My search began with a question and an open heart. The answer came in Galatians 2:11-14 “When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, you are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? As I read the word of God it came alive in my spirit and I began to take a real hard look at myself and ask am I a Paul or Cephas? The answer surprised me because I saw some of the same traits that Cephas possessed in myself. Now the real change begins but where to start. This is where it can get a little tricky, we live in an age where there is a book for that, a conference, a class, or even medication. Don’t get me wrong all these things are tools that aid in your spiritual walk but none of them can produce true inner change, only a relationship with Christ can do that. As a follower of Christ, and an author of a small devotional. I have found that while God initiates the call, we must choose. Here are a few suggestions to help aid in the daily Christian walk.
Courage to accept that change is a process and God is more interested in your relationship with Him than anything else. (Matthew 16: 22-24)
Desire and willingness to allow God to effectuate the change as He sees fit. (Mathew 7:7-8)
Perseverance to continue to seek His perfect will and purpose for your life. (2nd Timothy 4: 7-8)
Fortunately for us, God loves us too much to allow us to take short cuts with our lives. He is the creator and the originator of chances. I for one am so grateful that my life is in his hands. I stand courageously in 2020 understanding the significance of allowing the Holy Spirit to teach; using such scripture passages as in the teachings of Paul in Galatians 6: 1-10 as it states “Brother and sister, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows’ Whoever sows to please the flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” It takes courage to believe and it takes courage to follow, the question on the table do you have the courage to accept Christ’s invitation to learn.