What does your life say about your values?

 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

( Colossians 2:6-7)

 Everything you do is influenced by your values. Your actions in life are largely determined by the values you hold. Every time you make a decision, you’re relying on your values to tell you what to do.

You see, many of the unconscious values you live by are ones you didn’t choose; they were imposed on you by parents, peers, and  the culture around you.

 Today television/media is the #1 values shaper in our society. You may be operating on incorrect information and values that don’t stand up under pressure.

Just like the set of the sail determines the direction of a sailboat, your values chart the course for your life.

 The question is:  In what direction are your values leading you?

 Here are some statements about values: they contradict what you say you believe. For instance:

  • You say your job is important to you, "but you aren't willing to put forth the effort, because other things occupy your mind."
  • You say others are important to me, "but not enough to show it and express it in a tangible way."
  • You say, “My family is important to me,” but you’re always too busy or too tired to enjoy them.
  • You say, “I value my health,” but you overwork, overeat, and never exercise.
  • You say, “I’m not materialistic,” but you become so in debt you must worry constantly about finances.
  • You say, “I love God,” but you live contrary to what the Word of God says.
  • You say, “Jesus is the passion of my life,” but then you give him your left-over time You don’t even come to church
  • You say,” I’m saved and forgiven, but you don’t forgive others”.

 When two of your values conflict, that’s called a dilemma. My experience is that these incongruent values are the #1 cause of emotional tension among believers. What’s the solution?

Identify what is really important in life.

·         “We can choose the sounds we want to listen to;

·          we can choose the taste we want in food,

·          and we should choose to follow what is right.

But first of all we must define among ourselves what is good and right.

 “So then just as you received Christ as Lord, continue to live in him…”  So what do I do?

 Begin eliminating those things that really aren’t important. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (Rom.12:1-2).

 Act on Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ

AuthorDon Cowan