I will always remember the first time I watched a video of Kick Cameron and Ray Comfort questioning random people on the streets of NYC about sin. They would stop strangers in passing and ask them these questions: Would you consider yourself to be a good person? Do you think you have kept the 10 commandments? Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever used God’s name in vain? Have you ever put someone or something ahead of God?
After these strangers had a chance to think on this for a few minutes, Cameron and Comfort would then ask the really hard questions – When death is at your door and you stand before God, will He judge you as innocent or as guilty? Would you go to heaven or hell?
When faced with these kinds of questions it becomes painfully obvious that we are far from perfect. We will never be able to get to heaven based on our own good actions or intentions. That’s why we need Jesus. However, we are still called to walk an exemplary life. To be set apart. To allow others to see that we are Christ followers by the way we live.
How can we live a life that pleases God? Psalm 15 gives us great advice! Make honorable choices. Act appropriately and be conscientious of others. Speak honestly using words that encourage. Refrain from scandalous remarks. Do right by family and friends. Do not engage with offensive people. Respect and submit to the Lord. Keep your promises, even when it’s hard. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. Be generous – expecting nothing in return. Protect the innocent.
This may feel like an impossible list. You may excel at one and bomb another. That’s okay. As you go through this week’s Thrive in Five study tool remember that God is your foundation. In Him you can stand firm. In Him you can stand strong. In Him you are given second (and third and fourth and fifth and hundreds more) chances. Do not be shaken!
Thrive in Five – One set of Bible verses, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Grab a journal or download this worksheet and let’s dive into God’s Word.
Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart, whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person, but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken. – Psalm 15 NIV
Monday: Read Psalm 15. Write this passage in a journal and read the words out loud – slowly and intentionally while thinking about what each one means.
Tuesday: Read Psalm 15 and answer these questions: What does this passage say about God? Is there an action to follow?
Wednesday: Read Psalm 15 and think about this question: Is there a command to obey or an example to follow in this passage?
Thursday: Read Psalm 15 and begin to think about how you can apply this verse to your own life by answering this question: Does this passage give a promise to believe or a principle to practice?
Friday: Read Psalm 15 and respond to this question: Does this passage warn of sin(s) to avoid or give a warning to heed?
We look forward to hearing how God uses (insert bible passage here) to transform your heart and renew your mind as you lean into His perfect and pleasing will for your life. (Romans 12:2)
Love fiercely and live deeply, Bare Feet & Curls