"You cannot argue against a life well lived. I challenge you to draw the line of resistance, to draw the line of dependence, to draw the line of confidence, and you can be a world changer too."
– Ravi Zacharius
I heard this today in the context of a very moving story. It challenged me and cut straight to the core. Do I live well? Do I draw my lines of resistance? Do I show confidence in my relationship with God? Do I cling to utter dependence on God?
I think a lot of times it is NO.
Granted, I am a little hard on myself, so perhaps I am not the best to answer that. But I see so many areas in my life in which I could be much smarter in my decisions, and yet I choose not to be. The areas of my life which were once black separated by a well-defined line have gradually met in the middle in a gray area of halfhearted efforts. What once was a "no way" declines into a "some days."
Though many of these are inner battles between the Lord and me, I am thankful that they are battles. If they were not, it would mean that I have given up, I have laid down my arms and accepted my defeat. But I will do no such thing as long as the spirit enables me. I will fight, spurned on by the words of men like Ravi, by the stories of Godly men and women before me that would not falter though stumbling many times.
I want so desperately for Christ to be seen in me, to be exalted in me, that my life and the way I live can be evidence of the inward change within me. I want the words of my mouth to be so seasoned with wisdom, grace, compassion, and truth that no one can argue except out of his or her own pride. This is a tall order to fill, perhaps I am not meant to fill it all, perhaps I will only plant seeds and others will harvest, perhaps I will harvest what others plant, or perhaps I have a whole different role all together. But my goal is to fill whatever role I am given and to do it with passion and fervor for the Lord.
I mean, how great would it be if the habits that we develop over the years became so engrained into the core of who we are as Christians, that they are unable to be separated from or forgotten by us, much like the skill of reading or riding a bicycle. If this were true, we could be used to change the hearts and lives of thousands in this world through the power of the Spirit. I think that would be amazing….
They will know we are Christians by our love.