Lifestyles

I was hopeless
I knew I was lost
Death and darkness were my only songs
I needed someone to come to rescue me
And mercy heard my plea
Lord, You found me, You healed me
You called me from the grave
You gave me Your real love
I thank You Jesus
You washed my sins away and now I’m living
I got forgiven
You came to set me free and that’s what
Your mercy did for me
You gave me beauty for my guilty stains
and now I’m living day to day by His grace
So excuse me if I can’t contain my praise
Cuz I know that I’ve been saved
I got forgiven
You came to set me free and that’s what
Your mercy did for me
 
That’s what Your mercy did for me 
Song:  What Mercy Did For Me by People and Songs,
Crystal Yates, Micah Tyler and Joshua Sherman

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous?

There are probably not too many of us in this category.

 

But there are many ways in which we live, that we call our lifestyles.

Cultural Lifestyles

Lifestyles centred around ones heritage or ethnicity.

                                                                     

For instance, in Italy – family, the catholic religion and foods such as pasta, salami, tomatoes are a big part of how Italian people live.  In India – clothing such as saris worn by the women and jewellery are a large part of their culture and heritage and the various languages spoken as Hinduism has many sects.  In France – the lifestyle revolves around passion in romance, food and wine.  They take pride in their sophistication about life.

 The Norm Lifestyle

Lifestyles that centre around being polite, civil and courteous. Generally, according to what people might think as to how we should behave ourselves.  Of course it’s always nice to be nice.

Live/Reside Lifestyle

Where you reside may determine the kind of lifestyle you choose.  Perhaps you live in the country or on a farm.  You may prefer a simple, quiet way of life.  Or you may be one who likes the hustle and bustle of a city, movies, noise, fast pace.

“Personal Lifestyle”

Some choose a “Personal” lifestyle such as the LGBTQ community, based on sexual preferences.  They think they were born that way.

“Changed Lifestyle”

Some may have to “Change” their lifestyle due to illness, such as cancer, or physical disability confined to a wheelchair.  A change in diet and exercise, or how to get about, determines a lifestyle change from how you used to do things.

“Christian Lifestyle”

The “Christian”…yes it is a lifestyle…a change in the way you see and do things.  It’s a lifestyle where we choose to live our life for God.  This is mine.

Most of the other things people do in their lifestyles are in mine too, I love to eat, I like jewellery and nice clothes to wear.  Christians live normal lives just like everyone else.

A Christian lifestyle is a lifestyle apart from the “norm” or the “cultural” or “personal preference”.  It’s not a casual or careless lifestyle.  It’s serious and it costs.  But, perhaps today is the day you change your lifestyle for a more fuller one.

The difference is:

The Christian lifestyle is a personal relationship with Jesus.  A life with Jesus rids me of my past indiscretions.  It allows me to start new with a clean slate.   2 Corinthians 5:12, “Therefore, if anyone is n Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

 

The Christian lifestyle is about choices with the things I do.  God is all about giving us choices; and He wants us to make the choice to follow Him.  We know there are choices that are not good for us and if we were to pursue those we would end up in something far worse.  Because 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”   In this I am given a knowing that when I am confronted with something that really makes my insides stir, I have the ability to walk away.

The Christian lifestyle is giving God thanks for everything He gives me.   God has provided me with so much through my whole life.  Through my growth in His counsel and reading of His Word, I can look back and actually see where I was protected, or where I was led in a different direction to save me from a great harm.  I can’t not give Him praise and thanks, for where I might have been I can’t even conceive.  Hebrews 13:5-6, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?””  The Word of God and the Holy Spirit are the Christian’s resources of daily life.  They bring contentment and peace in life.  God’s resources are as never-ending as the life He gives us through Christ our Lord.

The Christian lifestyle is based on our unity in Jesus. We are all different and diverse, but our one common denominator is Jesus. He is our cornerstone. His DNA is our DNA. He came to serve. If we are living the same lifestyle as Him, then our lifestyle is also one of service to others.

God gives us a lifestyle of purpose.

If you would like a lifestyle change.  A lifestyle of contentment, peace and joy.  If you would like a life with Jesus in it, perhaps you might want to say this little prayer and ask Him into your heart.  Start a new adventure with Jesus.  

(If you said this prayer, check out my Spiritual Support page
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