The Power of Values:
Acts 20:24 KJV But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Values are what we consider important, non negotiable and essential for our existence, fulfillment or progress. Values are the principles that drive our decisions, fuel our desires and strengthen our resolve to do something or not do anything. Values are the anchor of our convictions, the impetus for our interests and the why of our actions. Values determine what we eat or don’t eat. They are the driving force for all that we do.
Your values decide the kind of people of friends you attract and the quality of persons you repel. “Birds of a feather flock together.” It’s all about values. Our values determine what we enjoy or what we despise. Our values decide what we pursue or what we neglect. They determine what we prioritize or what we avoid. Men live or die by their values. Our lives are governed by our values.
Our values are a reflection of our way of thinking. Our values are shaped by our mindsets. Furthermore, our mindsets are the products of the information, the experiences and ideas that we hold as truth. But for me, I accept the Word of God as truth and final authority on all issues. I choose to live life from God’s perspective. His Word is truth. In fact, His Word is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. See John 14:6; 17:17; 2 Corinthians 13:8.
Until God’s Word dominates a man’s thinking, his values will be worldly, fleshly and pleasure or wealth driven. It takes the dominance of God’s Word within the individual to create and instill eternal values in a man or woman’s heart. Your values are influencing your choices, desires and reactions. Values determine self control and drive personal discipline. To know a man’s values is to know him because our lives take on the character of our values.
Until you know your values and identify them, you will be a slave to many things. You have to ask yourself some valid and hard questions like: “Why do I like this thing?” “Why do I hate such and such?” Use the Word of God to probe your thoughts and change your thinking. The Word of God is God’s instrument of change. When you have Word based reasons for your values you develop an unshakable resolve to live out your true convictions.
Don’t just do things because everyone is doing it. Don’t say things because everyone seems to be saying it. Ask questions: Probing questions. It has been said that the man who knows how will always have a job but the man who knows why will always be his boss.
Please see Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-24; Romans 12:2; 13:11-14: Ephesians 5:1-15; 2 Timothy 2:24-26.
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