There are consequences, negative and positive, to the things we think, do, and say in our life. All behavior has built-in consequences. When you choose the behavior you choose the consequence.
Our daily goal should be spiritual growth.
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18)
Here are some things that will bring about those positive, spiritual changes.
1. I will take a little time every day just to be silent and focus on God
“When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” (Psalms 63:6) As we meditate upon God, we become more patience and less judgmental in our behavior. I will not be negative because, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms 118:24)
2. I will learn to give gifts daily
The gifts that I give may be a hug, a smile, a compliment, a prayer, or it could be some physical thing.
“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)
When I give I increase the joy of others. Remember, what you received is based on what you give. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)
When you meet people and try to enrich their lives you will notice a great change for the better in your own life.
3. I will be conscious of my choices
I will be sure that my choices honor God and that to the best of my ability those choices produce happiness for me and for others.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)
If the choices you are making cause your heart to condemn you, stop!
“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.” (1 John 3:20-21)
4. I will accept people as they are and do my best to help them go to heaven
God’s universal law is the law of unconditional love for the people you meet. Our responsibility is to do our best concerning the people we meet by teaching them the gospel and helping them become Christ-like.
“For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.” (Hebrews 2:10)
If you will be deeply involved in the spiritual growth of others this will enhance your spiritual growth and development.
5. I will ask for wisdom from God and I will set spiritual goals and physical goals that will make my life worthwhile
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)
Remember that thoughts are things and thoughts create. Pray often about your goals and keep pressing forward. Remember to leave room for God. He might even have something bigger and better in mind for you.
6. I will learn to be content and I will avoid complaining
When you complain, you add additional problems and issues to those that you complain about while placing a burden on the person that you are complaining to.
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Philippians 2:12-16)
Stop complaining, and stop accepting problems into your life.
7. I will take time to find and notice the special and unique qualities that God has given me to use to serve others
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:6-8)
God has given you abilities and gifts that distinguish you from others. When you utilize your unique qualities to assist others, it causes a chain reaction in your life of abundance, joy, peace, love, and serenity.
The recipe for spiritual change is very simple.
It is also very simple when it comes to the matter of salvation. A person must believe in Christ in order to be saved. (John 8:24) This believer must repent of past sins. (Luke 13:3) This penitent believer must then confess the name of Christ. (Romans 10:9-10) As a believing, penitent, confessing person one must then be baptized into Christ to put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27, 1 Peter 3:21)
This is how God says to be saved, and it really is that simple.
—Charles Box, Walnut Street church, Greenville, Ala.