by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday March 23, 2006
Building a Life Message
What statement is your life making? Every person testifies to personal beliefs and priorities by the way he or she lives. Jesus said that to the watching world, believers should be like salt and light, which simply cannot be ignored: if we add salt to soup, the improved taste is obvious, and when we bring light into a room, darkness flees. Our character, conduct, and conversation should make a “loud and clear” statement about the importance of God, the necessity of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
To live a life of significance that brings glory to the Lord, believers must begin by reading and studying the Scriptures. As we meditate on His Word, God reveals Himself, and we gradually absorb His principles into our daily living. This enables us to make a greater impact on the world.
One good way to learn Scripture’s lessons is by researching the lives of great saints from the Old and New Testaments. A person could spend a year apiece on Abraham, Moses, Daniel, David, and Paul. Each man has a clear life message that we can see played out in the pages of the Bible. We learn each one’s coping methods, what he discovers from mistakes, and how he interacts with God.
From biblical accounts of the saints — as well as other passages — we learn that our heavenly Father has a goal for our lives. He desires to conform us to the image of His Son Jesus Christ. Recognizing this, we can set an example of successful godly living for others to follow: “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1).
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