Resolve to live responsibly…{New Year’s BREAKOUT series, Part 3}

SCRIBE Copyright 2013 Sheila KimballCHURCH WINDOWS Copyright 2013 Sheila KimballINSIDE STONEJESUS Copyright 2013 Sheila KimballBut in order to BREAKOUT of the old in this New Year, we must first break in or break back into all that is holy, all that is Jesus.

Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do.
Ephesians 5:15

The meaning and purpose of life is to know God and glorify Him forever.

We glorify Him when we live in love.

We honor Him when we live in the light.

And when we live life responsibly it means we understand that we will give an accounting some day of everything we did during the span of our years on earth.

Our default setting at birth is to sin. And the remedy against sin is love. Love of God first and then others.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew22:36-40

So often in our darkened-heart sinfulness we choose lovelessness, and make decisions that only benefit the three most important people we know: Me, Myself and I.

And that is how we play the fool.

Foolishness, which once ruled my heart, can still rear it’s ugly head from time to time.

When I am not careful with my words.

When I ignore caution in my actions.

When I am unconcerned about the thoughts I think.

“I have sinned…Surely I have acted like a fool and have been terribly wrong.”
1 Samuel 26:21

“What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
Mark 7:20-22

But resolving to live responsibly means to grow up and stop being foolish, to stop disobeying and desiring to do wrong, and instead to be answerable for something within your power or management to control.

Yes, I can do all things through Christ. So can you.

So long as we are rightly related to Him, abiding in His word and talking with Him in unceasing prayer. Living a life of love, laying down our lives for others. Forgiving and seeking forgiveness. Walking in humility.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1

But when I live life apart from God, when I squander each day on my own terms, I will think, speak and act foolishly.

We need God’s Spirit, God’s wisdom to help us.

And the proverbs of Solomon yield multiple benefits:

for gaining wisdom and instruction;
    for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
    doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
    and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
    the sayings and riddles of the wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:1-7

The fear of the Lord, to respect and revere the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom.

As I keep pursuing Christ, I leave foolishness behind and walk in wisdom. And I will stand tall as a Christian, living a life worthy of this high calling.

Being, speaking, thinking in a manner that pleases God, not self.

I am responsible for my choices. And you are too.

Let’s continue to BREAKOUT of the old, and more and more live a life that radiates His love and light…

~sheila

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3 thoughts on “Resolve to live responsibly…{New Year’s BREAKOUT series, Part 3}

  1. Amen Sheila! I like the way you’ve explained the idea of sin being our default, but we have a choice and responsibility to change things. We can rewrite the past with the Spirit’s help. May we all live worthy of this high calling, choosing to receive His love and strength daily. I love your 2013 theme of ‘breakout’! Looking forward to reading more of what you have to offer us this year.

    • Thanks so much, Ali. I am glad you are finding benefit in the BREAKOUT series. I am not sure, though, that we can ever really rewrite our past. Instead I think He helps us write new chapters as we go forward that bear evidence to what we have learned from the past. And in so doing, we can alter the ending of our stories. Just my humble thoughts, Ali. Thanks again for stopping by. Here’s to a 2013 where we all BREAKOUT of whatever holds us back from being all that He would have us be!