How Do You Live the Jesus Lifestyle?

Had a great time chatting with the Xcel Young Adults crowd tonight. I asked the question ‘How do you live the Jesus lifestyle?’ After all, once you make the decision to follow Jesus that’s what you are endeavouring to do – live the way Jesus asks you to. Following some wisdom from a couple of young adults I added my 4 thoughts:

It’s a Journey – it’s a lifestyle, not a daystyle. Recognise that you have embarked on a journey. Living the Jesus Lifestyle is walking the narrow path that Jesus mentions in Matthew 7:13-14. It’s a determined walk, a careful walk but it’s the walk that leads to life.

Don’t compromise. Living for Jesus is a high calling, a high standard. Once you have embarked on the journey, don’t lower your standards. Don’t give way. If the foundation is strong, then what ever stage of life comes, with all the changes that come,  decisions are already made. You can confidently say yes or no to stuff.

No excuses. Be someone who looks for reasons to opt in, rather than someone who looks for the opt-out. Jesus tells the story about an invite to a banquet that people made excuses for not attending. It’s a bit light when your reason is that you’ve bought a field and you have to go and look at it. If you are IN then you’re IN. Stop trying to get out of what Jesus is asking you to do.

Get the right crowd.There’s plenty of people who will call you to compromise or make excuses so having the right people round you will help you to live the Jesus lifestyle. Who should be in your crowd? Jesus. Spend time with Jesus. Plus some fellow builders. People who want to make a difference with you.

The question for all us is simple – am I doing enough to make sure I am living the Jesus lifestyle the best I possibly can?

Fight for Integrity…Day 37

Life can throw you some surprises.
Life is not easy.

Living with integrity is a choice that needs to be made with the full understanding of what the implications of that choice are. When life’s surprises come…does your integrity stay strong? Only when our integrity is challenged do we truly display it or our lack of it.

Integrity is hard won and easily lost.
The enemies of integrity…
…complacency
…compromise
…circumstances
…doubt
…fear

Reading Job at the moment, someone who had obviously made integrity a lifestyle choice. Maybe that’s why he was so blessed. He displayed integrity under intense pressure – from loss, from illness, from stress and probably the most difficult…well-meaning friends!!

The holding on to his integrity, despite all that was going on around him, the unwillingness to compromise what he knew to be right was probably what brought blessing to him in the future as well. I think God values integrity.

In sight of a breakthrough, struggling to see where the breakthrough is coming from, circumstances against you, nothing much changing, no movement the way you would like…KEEP YOUR INTEGRITY. Wrestle with it if you must but don’t let go, don’t give in, don’t compromise, don’t lose courage. Keep these words of Job to mind when you are thinking of letting go…

I can almost hear him shouting this out to his ‘friends’

‘I will never admit that you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.’

Oh, that some Christians would use this as a battlecry. Stand firm. Keep waiting. In the current climate maybe this is what God is looking for – no shortcuts, no quick solutions, no get rich quick schemes – just good old-fashioned INTEGRITY.

It will set you apart.
It will bring blessing to your life.
It will make you valuable.
It will help you see in the breakthrough you may be longing for.

How is your integrity? Are you holding on? What’s the struggle for you at the moment?