So many people these days want to better themselves and dream of a bright future. Sadly, for most of them it stays that way - just dreams. So what is the trigger that can fire your ambition from dream to reality? This article takes a look at one aspect of this problem. I remember years ago going to a marketing seminar where, instead of the (in those days) usual boring 'we've got a new product for you to sell' kind of format, there was this young guy who was just on fire! He stood at the front and looked at us all then asked a question. 'What do you really want out of life?' Now, nobody at the seminar had ever been asked this before in this way and we were all a bit confused.
Exercise: Tell you what,' he said, 'write it down and in two minutes we'll discuss the things you wrote. In Two minutes, Take a pen and scribble on paper what your top choices are:
Is it Fame?, Money?, House?, Car?, Or ?
What was he talking about? We all handed our replies in and he read through some, out loud. They went more or less like this: 'I want a big house/nice car/pool/yacht/motor boat/loads of money' - and so on. He turned to all of us. 'Okay,' he said. 'Then what?' Nobody had a clue what he meant. What more could you want than what we had already put down? 'Come on' he said 'what do you want when you've got all this? Nothing else?' No-one replied. He shook his head, lifting his arm to wave the slips of paper with our answers. 'All this,' he said, 'is useless without one other thing. Know what that is?' The room stayed silent. 'I'll tell you then. TIME.' I worked out later, but what was the really important things in life. The presenter said - among other things - 'One reason people don't succeed in what they want to do is simply that - they don't know what they want to do. That idea struck me as strange and I said so. 'Honestly,' he replied, 'if you don't set a goal, how can you succeed? When I asked you about goals tonight, not one person really had one - only the vaguest idea of what they thought success meant.' Living the Christian life is not abiding by an agenda or following a set of strict rules or goals there is another item needed other then TIME!...with it you get all the :TIME! you will ever need.
The Christian life is characterized by:
Understanding that you are a new creation! 2 Corinthians 5:17 declares: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
Transforming and renewing your mind. Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Treating others with love. Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Living out the teachings of Christ. Jesus taught: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3-10).
Sharing your faith. Matthew 5:14-16 says, "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
Living the Christian life does not mean enjoying a life of ease and never experiencing problems. 1 Peter 5:8 says that there is an enemy who wishes to destroy us: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." But we also read that Jesus has overcome the world!
No matter what opposition you face, living the Christian life is worth it! Enjoying a relationship with God and His Son Jesus, being confident of where you will spend eternity, and living in day-to-day fellowship with Him is far greater than any opposition you may face.