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The conventional wisdom of our day promotes anything and everything except Christ-like character. They may speak of values, integrity and doing the right thing. But, in reality, they define these things in a subjective manner. The truth is that as followers of Jesus Christ, we do not have the privilege of defining values or integrity. We can articulate them. But we do not define them. They must be defined objectively.
The good news is God has defined for us life principles in His Word that objectively identify the values by which we should live as followers of Jesus Christ. However, I do not intend in this post to list every value by which we should live. That is best left for individual posts in the future to dedicate more space to each value. The purpose of this post is to challenge your thinking concerning Christ-Like character.
- You are called to live a life of holiness. The Apostle Paul states, “we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12).” God’s glory is the manifested presence of His holiness. Living in holiness is to pursue Christ-like character.
- You are to press toward the goal of holiness. Paul testified, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).” This means that your focus must always be locked on Christ-likeness. The pursuit of holiness is to imitate Christ. This pursuit is a relentless and life-long pursuit. It will not be easy. It will be filled with temptation and wrong turns. But, it is not impossible. It will require determination on your part to keep pressing toward the goal.
- You must lay down the weight that hinders you. The writer of Hebrews states, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (Hebrews 12:1).” You may be carrying the baggage of your past. Lay that weight down! You may be carrying the burden of the present. Give that weight to Jesus. But, you may also be walking in sin. Your sin is keeping you from living a life of holiness. It is time to repent of that sin. It is time to confess it, turn from it, and run from it as hard and as quick as you can. Pursue Jesus!
A Final Thought
Integrity is to be whole or complete. There are no cracks. There are no leaks. Integrity is a product of character. Your character is who you are I the dark when no one is watching you. The only way to ensure Christ-like Character and integrity is to keep your focus on Christ. This begins with your thought process. It is no wonder Paul said, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).” The pursuit of holiness, a life of integrity, and Christ-like character begin with the renewing of your mind. You must renew your mind by taking in the Word of God on a regular basis.
- Find a Bible Reading Plan and use it. More will be said about this in the next post. But, there are plans available on the internet and in the YouVersion Bible app. The point, though, is if you are going to renew your mind, it must begin with filling it with God’s Word.
- Quality, not quantity. I am a proponent of making the most of your Bible reading. So, it may be profitable for you to read more slowly and really meditate on what you are reading rather than worrying about reading through the whole Bible in a year. For example, I am using plan now in which I will read through the Psalms twice this year and the Proverbs 12 times. Now, as I read a Psalm each day, I am recording in my journal only thoughts about what it tells me about God.
- Memorize the Scriptures. Memorization is great for aiding you in meditation. When you commit Scripture to memory, it is more readily available for you to commit it to your heart. I personally suggest that you purchase 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know By Heart by Robert J. Morgan. It is a great resource for helping you with Bible memorization.