Updated: Oct 25, 2021
Great teachers reduce complicated truth down to simple statements.
That’s why the simplest of sayings can contain the most significant truth.
We’re all living our lives based on a few simple truths.
Maybe you’re trying to be a treat other people like you’d like to be treated. Perhaps you’re looking out for yourself because nobody else is going to take care of you.
In Mathew 22 Jesus tells us that the whole law of God comes down to two simple commandments: to love God and love your neighbors.
These days there are a lot of these kinds of phrases floating around.
We need to carefully examine what we’re building our life on before we establish a foundation on something that’s broken.
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A friend of mine posted this on Instagram not too long ago. It had over 50 likes in a few hours and comments like “So true! I needed that.”
I remember thinking… “Geez. That’s a pretty busted way to live.”
“What’s wrong with that statement” you ask? Well, here are a three things:
#1 – You deserve to be happy.
If any of your friends ever give you that advise, please slap them. You don’t deserve to be happy. Actually, the bible tells us that we deserve to die (Romans 6:23).
Happiness is a great enemy of what God ultimately wants us to be, holy.
Far too many of us walk away from what God is doing in our lives because it’s uncomfortable. It’s no longer making us happy, but it’s probably making us holy!
#2 – The best things in life will serve you.
What we all really need is more of ourselves? That’s not at all what the Scriptures tell us.
The Scriptures tell us over and over again that one of the greatest enemies to God’s work in our lives is our SELF!
That’s why John the Baptist would declare “He needs to become greater and I need to become less!” (John 3:30)
Actually, I think we all inevitably find that the greatest things in life are the things the invite us to give our lives away.
We don’t huddle around at funerals and talk about what someone had acquired. We often speak of their greatness in terms of what they gave away.
#3 – Respect yourself enough to walk away.
The bible tells us that we grow the same way knives are sharpened (Proverbs 27:17). Iron sharpens iron because it creates great friction.
Most of us view friction as resistance, and not what it really is… an invitation.
Let’s face it: we like to go down the path of least resistance, climb the short ladder to the top, and find the shortcuts to success. That’s why we live in a world of diet pills and 25-minute workouts.
Resistance isn’t often viewed as an invitation, but that’s exactly what it is.
If you walk away from something because it stops serving you and making you happy, you might just be walking away from something that will cause you to grow!
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What sayings are you living by right now? Do you possibly need to reevaluate them?