Monday, May 30, 2011

Accepting the Challenge

By Mark Ray

People are at their best when they rise to meet a challenge. Anyone can live a mediocre life that settles and never strive for excellence, but all that will be left at their end will be a sense of what might have been. Living a life committed to following Christ is the most challenging life of all. Some view Christianity as a dull, boring way of life; yet the truth is just the opposite.

Are you willing to:
  • Remain pure in a world filled with immorality (Phil. 2:15)?
  • Be kind when you are offended? (Eph. 4:32)?
  • Control your tongue when others slander you (James 3:1-10)?
  • Control your desires when bombarded by enticing commercials (James 1:14-15)?
  • Refrain from revenge when hurt by others (Rom. 12:17-21)?
  • Walk in the light while in a world of darkness (Eph, 5:8)?
  • Refuse to listen to “juicy” gossip (Prov. 17:9)?
  • Set your affections on things above when materialism surrounds you (Col. 3:1-2)?
  • Hold in check your physical drives when fornication and adultery is practiced so openly by others (1 Cor. 6:9-11)?
  • Appreciate what you have when others think that more is better (Col. 3:5, 15-17)?
  • Control your temper while incurring an injustice (Eph. 4:26)?
  • Select a holier vocabulary than that used by the world (Eph. 4:26)?
  • Tell the truth even when it hurts (Eph. 4:25)?
  • Esteem others more highly than yourself, even though society is told to assert itself and take control (Phil. 2:3-5)?
  • Bear with a friend even when he’s wronged you again (Col. 3:13)?
  • Deal gently with erring brothers (Gal. 6:1-2)?
  • Forgive one who has shamed you (Col. 3:13)?
  • Stand for truth when it is unpopular (Gal. 4:16)?
  • Study God’s Word and pray daily (1 Tim. 2:15)?
  • Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, in spite of other organizations, events, opportunities and individuals that vie for your attention (Matt. 6:33)?
  • Resist Satan as he repeatedly attacks you (Eph. 4:27, 6:11)?

G.K. Chesterson writes, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.” Are we ready to step up to this greatest challenge?

- Mark Ray; via The Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert City church of Christ, Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle preaches for the congregation. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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