In 1 Corinthians 9 Paul wrote about the importance of examining your life to be sure no roadblocks are standing in the path of the gospel. He changed his lifestyle and habits to be acceptable to the people around him so that they would listen when he spoke to them about the gospel of Christ. Verses 22 and 23 summarize the priorities which directed his life:
“I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.”
His salvation and the salvation of the people around him were Paul’s priorities. He was not always well received, but if some were saved by the gospel then whatever pain or difficulties Paul faced were of no concern (Rom. 8:18).
When we enter different cultures, our habits and mannerisms may need to change to more effectively spread the gospel. But no matter where you are, no matter what culture you are in, there are some things that need to stay the same. Some habits should not change, some habits will always serve you well. Some habits simply make you a more effective servant of God. In a series of five posts, we will examine five habits that will help you more effectively lead people to God and godliness.
Habit 1: Be responsible. You might describe a responsible person in a number of ways, but building responsibility as a habit for your life starts by taking small jobs seriously. If you faithfully complete small tasks, you will show yourself and others that you are responsible, and that you are trustworthy to complete tasks which carry more weight. Your presence will begin to improve the attitudes of others. Your continued good work will influence others to behave responsibly with their tasks, and before long you will be associated with a job well done. Your life will personify the Christian standard found in Colossians 3:23-24:
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
A responsible Christian is a Christian who walks in the Savior’s footsteps. Take every job seriously, no matter how small, and you will create responsibility as a habit for your life, and will lead others toward godliness.
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Eli Schnell is the Youth and Family Minister at the Northwest Church of Christ
6059 Azle Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76135