Every day is an opportunity to move closer to God. Every day is an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of God. Every day is an opportunity to approach our lives in a way that brings glory to God and therefore achieve our ultimate calling.
Sometimes our lives are simple and easy to keep on track; but often, our lives take a wrong turn and become extremely complex and difficult to keep centered on God’s path. One of the best ways to get back on track in any endeavor is to go back to the fundamentals. If we start by once again mastering the basics skills and answering the foundational questions, we can gradually acquire the skills to take control of even the most complex situations.
Our lives are a product of the choices we make. How we answer the questions of the day and in what direction we decide to go, determines our ultimate destination. If our desire is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and grow in the knowledge of God, we have to consider every choice we make with the divine understanding we find in the Bible.
What follows are some of the fundamental questions that will help us focus our lives on our relationship with God and avoid the distractions of this world that are trying to push us off in the wrong direction. Every day we will likely need to answer many more questions than what is included here, but this will set the tone for the choices we make in our daily life with God.
Does God want us to get out of bed in the morning thinking about Him, or stressing over our daily tasks?
“Let me hear Your faithfulness in the morning, for I trust in You; teach me the way in which I should walk; for to You I lift up my soul.” Psalm 143:8
Does God want us to take good care of our personal hygiene and physical fitness or neglect the details of our daily health needs?
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought for a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Does God want us to eat healthy meals or simply eat anything that’s available?
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all things for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Does God want us to give 100% at work or school or just enough to get by?
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord and not for people.” Colossians 3:23
Does God want us to help everyone that we have the time and ability to help, or only assist those that will also provide a benefit for ourselves?
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Does God want us consumed with what might happen tomorrow, or does He want us to come to Him in prayer?
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Does God want us to include Him in all of our decisions, or should we only consider the tangible obstacles standing in our way?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Does God want us to keep our relationship with Him private, or share it with those we interact with on a daily basis?
“Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Does God want us to spend our money as we see fit or should we look for ways to invest in God’s work?
“Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10
Does God want us to go to bed worried about tomorrow or rest securely in His arms?
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, Lord, have me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
This list of questions will help us get pointed in the right direction in our daily life with God. When we plan our lives around the wisdom of God rather than our own selfish ambition, we will find our ultimate purpose and rest in knowing that we are following the light of truth. Every day is an opportunity to move closer to God.
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