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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Choices

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
“I want to get in the pool now, but I need to wait on my friend. It’s the right thing to do,” wailed my youngest child as she plopped down in the chair. She was choosing to do the right thing, but she was not happy about it.

Have you ever felt this way?

I know I have! Life presents us with a variety of choices each day doesn’t it? Some are minor like choosing which flip flops to slip on or which cereal you’d like to eat. There are other choices that are not so easy like deciding whether a job opportunity is what God wants for you, or should you adopt a child. Those are life-changers.

It’s easy when we know what’s right and we can easily choose to be obedient. What’s hard is when we know what is right, but it is the last thing we want to do.

You and I already know we sometimes have to choose to accept things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient because we know it’s the right choice. Those choices may also bring change and/or rejection. Both are scary! Jesus never promised life would be easy. It doesn’t take a lengthy inspection into the life of Jesus to see that even he made hard choices that many were adamantly against. Just like Jesus, many Christians over the centuries have had to make decisions that have landed them in jail, gotten them beaten, or killed.

While we are not likely to be beaten for our daily choices, we are likely to receive criticism, harassment, or rejection if we choose to live a life devoted to loving and serving God. You see, others will simply not understand. Living a life radically obedient to Christ will be opposite from the world’s standards. Others may not agree with why we chose to, or not to, participate in certain things. This can result in gossip, jealousy, manipulation, and sometimes bullying. Why? Personally, I believe people often fear and reject things they do not  fully understand.

What we must decide is what we are willing to sacrifice and why. A great place to start is with these questions: “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I only trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10). More often than not, making choices that line up with scripture and pleasing the Lord will not line up with what is pleasing, acceptable or popular in the world.

This is much easier said than done, that’s for sure. When you decide to live by godly convictions, you will have to rely on Christ to make you steadfast and unwavering.

Have you recently made a decision that was acceptable in God’s eyes, yet rejected by the world? Be assured, my sister, God has not missed your faithfulness. In due time, you will reap what your faith has sown. God rewards those who earnestly seek after Him and His kingdom (Matthew 6:6)!

How do you know when you are pleasing God and when you are pleasing others?


When is the last time you made a choice and you knew it was a radical choice to serve God and that others would not fully understand?


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For more about Relevant Women - RelevantMinistry.org/RelevantWomen


The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.
 

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry


At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 


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