Don't Sell Out
Integrity. As Christians, we shouldn’t ‘sell out’ to something that compromises what God really wants for us. Read on, this is important. A few of the Christian guidelines that the world bins as ‘boring’ are the ones God has given us to lead to true freedom and life. For example, He taught us to prioritise other people, to check our anger, envy and gossip, and to recognise the spiritual and psychological damage that sex outside of a marital relationship can do to us.
So, standing your ground when other influences hit is going to be essential. In 1 Kings 21:3 NIV, Naboth had inherited land that happened to be right next to the King’s palace. The King wasn’t too happy about it, and even offered Naboth good money. Yet Naboth had integrity; he stood by what was appointed for him. He said, ‘The Lord forbid that I should give the inheritance of my fathers to you!’ Well done! Unfortunately, this decision did cost him heavily (read the whole story in 1 Kings 21:1–11).
Yes, it’s an extreme example, but Christian principles are always being attacked, in different ways in every generation, from the smallest compromise to the biggest. Will you stand up? It can seem ‘bigger and better’ to give in (‘that out–of–date, restrictive religion of yours doesn’t work in our modern world…’). We know it’s hard, but God wants to hear you being honest. He will help you live right, and to stand up for what is right in the world. Is there an area of your life where compromise is rearing its ugly head? Pray and ask God for His help and His wisdom. Take a stand in your heart and make the right decision—you won’t regret it.
SoulFood: 2 Kings 4:18-6:33, Matt 20:17-23, Ps 112, Pro 7:6-9
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