7 Questions To Rock Your World :: Part II

Posted on September 24th, 2007 by Tyler.
Categories: Personal Growth.

Steve Shadrach

(see Part I for questions 1-3)

4. Are you relying on your strength or God’s?

When I travel overseas, the moment I step off the plane, I’m in charge. Why do I get to be the “instant leader”? Because I’m an American. Don’t laugh, there’s more. Not only am I an American, but I’m an educated American. On top of that, I’m a sharp, educated American! Do you think the locals there pick up on my blatant arrogance and egotism? It’s literally dripping from me! Before you condemn me, though, take a look at your own heart. It is so hard for us to truly believe it when Jesus says in John 15:5b, “Apart from Me . . . you can do nothing.”

“Nothing at all, Lord?” That’s right. Zero. The big goose egg. To be honest, sometimes I deceive myself into thinking that somehow, someway I’m clever enough to accomplish something in this world – on my own – apart from Christ. Moses forsook this kind of foolishness in Exodus 33:15 when he demonstrated the principle of relying on God’s strength, not his own, praying, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” There’s something greater than ourselves, even greater than our country. It’s God. Rely on Him – and Him alone.

Bottom Line: Lose the Arrogance and Abide in Christ

5. What price will you pay for integrity?

The Josephson Institute of Ethics’ most recent survey claims that 74 percent of students cheated on an exam this year. 38 percent have stolen something from a store in the last 12 months and 93 percent have lied to their parents. If these figures are correct, we’re in the middle of a spiritual epidemic. It’s easy to go with the flow, allowing the immoral stream of your campus to carry you along, but the tougher choice is to say, “Enough is enough” and swim against the tide. You may lose a friend or two, but you’ll like yourself better and certainly sleep sounder at night!

Acts 24:16 notes Paul’s policy in such matters: “So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Whether it’s test taking, tax returns or net surfing, who you are in private is who you are. According to my pastor, one of the keys to keep a clean life is to allow the Scriptures to “wound” you on a daily basis, referring to Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; and judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Verse 13 then gives the rationale for why we ought to simply surrender and allow the Word to pierce us to the core: “All things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” God sees all and knows all and like a spiritual surgeon, He’ll cut away everything that isn’t Christlike in our life – if we truly want Him to.

Bottom Line: Use the Word to Build Deep Convictions

6. Do you really love others?

Anna had been happily dating Chad for almost six months before the bomb hit. She found out he’d secretly started seeing Christy, one of her sorority sisters who had been e-mailing him notes and pictures of herself. It hurt Anna badly to see her relationship with Chad vanish as he and Christy became inseparable, spending every weekend together. In her quiet time one morning, Anna came across Ephesians 4:31 telling her to “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger” followed by verse 32 exhorting her to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” At that moment, she knew exactly what the Lord was telling her to do: Release the anger and bitterness she held toward Chad and her friend Christy.

As the tears flowed, Anna felt the shackles fall off and the cleansing of Christ’s forgiveness wash over her. With a new freedom and perspective, she set out to show kindness and compassion, especially to Christy, whom she was pretty sure was not a Christian. A few weeks later, a devastated Christy came to Anna’s room after Chad had used her and moved on too. Christy was different though, now asking for forgiveness and seeking solutions for her shattered life. Late that night, because of the unconditional love she felt from Anna, Christy bowed her head and invited Christ to come into her heart as Savior and Lord. Now they became best friends, spiritually growing by leaps and bounds together. These two girls experienced the supernatural love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ, in the face of a cruel and undeserved betrayal, and their lives would never be the same.

Bottom Line: The Love of Christ Changes Everything

7. What legacy will you leave in life?

From 1989 to 1998 Prairie View A & M University obtained the not-so-distinguished honor of being the worst college football team of all time. They may forever own this legacy, because during this 10-year period, they lost 80 straight games. In 1991 they scored only 48 points the whole season, while their opponents racked up an average of 56 points per game. If you’re a college student, you have the opportunity once you graduate to leave something behind that’s more than just a win-loss record, a 4.0 GPA or an impressive resume stashed in some school file.

Life is all about relationships and touching people for Christ. Some of the very last marching orders Jesus gave us were to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). A woman once came up to Billy Graham, complaining to him about Dawson Trotman (the founder of The Navigators, a college ministry across the world) and spouting, “That Dawson Trotman, all he can talk about is making disciples, making disciples. He has a one track mind.” Graham paused, looked at her wistfully and whispered, “Madam, I wish I could get on that same track!” Jesus Christ, along with Trotman and Graham’s words can motivate a new generation of students to take seriously this Great Commission and leave behind a legacy that will live on. Multiply your life by finding someone who can help you help others and then – get started!

Bottom Line: Become a Disciple and Make Disciples

Epilogue: I recently had the privilege of traveling to the small Massachusetts town where the famous 19th-century American evangelist D.L. Moody was born, as well as buried. Standing there by his grave, I realized that here was a man greatly used of God around the world and yet was uneducated and with speaking disabilities. Where did this former shoe salesman, who became one of the most spiritually powerful men on the planet, gain this depth of life and purpose? The secret might be revealed in a statement he would often make, “The world has yet to see what God can do through a man who is totally yielded to Him. I want to be that man.” Moody sought the source of real power. Do you?

Bottom Line: Power Comes from God

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