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Cultivate Right-Valued Living!

quest-4-4Values are life-guiding principles. Values are not behaviors, but they provide the motivation and drive for action. In Romans 8:5 Paul talks about “living in accordance with the Spirit of God and having our minds set on what he desires.” Right-valued living is living in concert with God.

Another great passage in which Paul deals with this issue is Titus 2:11-14, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.”

Let’s take a closer look at the above Scripture. First, Paul comments that “the grace of God teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions.” This is an amazing statement, because God’s grace is the unmerited favor that he freely lavishes on us. His grace exhibits his great love and care for us. Notice that it’s his grace that teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions! He leads us away from this junk because it tears us away from him and destroys us. He always seeks our best.

Second, God’s grace “teaches us to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” This is God’s “bigger Yes” for us. He doesn’t withhold the junk from us because he wants to deny us something good! On the contrary, his grace he teaches us to reject what will harm us and to embrace what will nourish us. This is what right-valued living means. God is so good!

Third, we pursue right-valued living “while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” Jesus himself is our “blessed hope!” We long to be with him. We conduct ourselves right-valued in anticipation of his return. And when he returns he will complete our redemption, freeing us from all sin and wickedness.

Finally, we don’t live right-valued in order to become God’s people. We live right-valued because we are his people. We are “eager to do what is right” because we are his children. We want to please him! “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” (Ephesians 5:1)

©2009 Rob Fischer

1 comment

1 Ray Edwards { 07.29.09 at 12:37 pm }

For me, this was a great gem from this post: “we don’t live right-valued in order to become God’s people. We live right-valued because we are his people.”