7 Questions To Rock Your World :: Part I

Posted on May 10th, 2007 by Tyler.
Categories: Personal Growth.

Steve Shadrach

Who is the most spiritually powerful person you know? I’m not necessarily talking about someone who has a position of authority in a ministry or even the person who has a ton of Bible knowledge. I’m talking about someone who has such a deep and authentic devotion to the person and purposes of Jesus Christ that everything he does, everything he says, exudes a profound spiritual authority. Like Jesus, he is full of grace and truth.

In contrast, the world is seeking a different kind of dominance, evidenced by a popular magazine that rates the top 100 most powerful celebrities on the planet based upon their wealth, how many magazine covers they’re on — even the number of Web searches for their name. It seems that a multitude of actors, athletes and business tycoons are stepping all over each other to get to the top of that heap.

How about you? What kind of power are you seeking? After all, true power doesn’t come from fame and fortune, but from God Himself. Psalm 62:11 says, “Once God has spoken; twice I have heard this: That power belongs to God.” If it’s true that God is the only One that possesses real power, then we had better plug into His power source. The secret for obtaining this spiritual authority is as simple as “turning our eyes upon Jesus, and the things of this world will grow strangely dim,” but to give you some handles to hang onto, I’ve crafted seven questions that I pray God will use to rock your world!

1. How do you view yourself?

One proud father was quoted as saying, “My son will do more than any other man in history to change the course of humanity. He’s more charismatic, more educated, more prepared than anyone. He’s the bridge between the East and West. There is no limit because he has the guidance. He is the chosen one. He’ll have the power to impact nations, not people, but nations. The world is just getting a taste of his power.” The father? Earl Woods. The son’s name? Tiger.

As much as I certainly appreciate the way Tiger can hit the little white ball, I think dear ol’ dad went a tad overboard. My hope is that the son doesn’t hold the same inflated opinion of himself his father does. Most of us don’t have the problem of thinking too highly of ourselves, but rather too lowly. Struggling, wretched sinners are what many of us see in the mirror each morning. Which we are — but that’s not all we are. The key is not to view ourselves too highly or too lowly, but to see ourselves the way God does. Check out Ephesians 1:3-8 and discover that as a child of God you stand holy and blameless before your heavenly Father. So get up, dust yourself off, lift your hands to heaven and praise God that you are a “chosen one.”

Bottom Line: Develop a Biblical Self-Esteem

2. What place does the cross have in your life?

Is it a Bible story you’ve heard so many times it’s gotten old? Is it a hymn you’ve sung so often the words have become meaningless? Shake the cobwebs out of your brain for a moment and transport yourself back to the scene of the crime and stand (no, kneel) at the foot of the cross. In the midst of the crowd’s cursing and crying, try to focus on the silent One in the middle, looking up into His eyes, full of pain, yes, but also love. Don’t speak, just feel. Feel the cold, hard stakes driven through His wrists and feet and the blood flowing down. Feel the agony of being separated from His heavenly Father as He absorbs your sin into His very body.

Now, with your eyes riveted on His, pray this version of Galatians 2:20 back to Him, “Lord Jesus, I am being crucified with You; it is no longer I who live, but You who lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in You, who loves me and gives Yourself for me.” You and I deserved to be on the cross that day – instead of Him. The only logical response to this ultimate act of mercy is for us to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. The cross: what place does it have in your life?

Bottom Line: Say No to Yourself, Say Yes to Him

3. What do you count as significant?

Jack Welch, former president of General Electric Corporation and his wife, Jane, are divorcing. In splitting up the assets, they each submitted a budget that listed what they believed were the absolute bare essentials to sustain the lifestyle they’ve acquired. A sampling of Jane’s monthly “needs” includes: $7,500 for clothes, $2,500 for cell phones, $2,500 for dining out, $20,000 for travel, $1,000 for movies and opera, $10,360 for jewelry and $8,260 for wine.

I’m sure Jack’s budget is just as ridiculous, but who is she kidding? We shouldn’t scold her too much because most Americans, like Jane, don’t know the difference between their wants and needs. In fact, you can perform an easy test on yourself to determine what you count as significant. Step one: Keep a detailed log this week on how you spend your time. Step two: Look at your checkbook and credit-card statements over the last three months. Step three: Prioritize these activities and items according to the most time and money spent down to the least. After finishing, you will be staring down at a piece of paper that reveals what you believe is important.

Bottom Line: Invest Yourself in the Eternal More than the Temporal

Stay tuned to find out what the last four questions are!

1 comment.

Micky

Comment on May 11th, 2007.

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You
Micky

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