Saturday, Sunday, and Monday—what was your focus over the past 72 hours? What does your focus say about the real you? The 5 questions below may help you answer this question:
- What did you find to be funny?
- On what did you spend your money?
- What is it that you were wanting the most?
- What thought was the frequent focus of your mind?
- What did you do with your leisure time and with whom did you spend it?
After thinking about the questions above, compare your answers to the lifestyle that Paul spoke of in Romans 12:
Let love be without hypocrisy. Hate what is evil. Cleave to what is good. Be devoted to one another with brotherly love; prefer one another in honor, do not be lazy in diligence, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord, rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer, contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Do not pretend to be wiser than you are.
Repay no one evil for evil. Commend what is honest in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
When you compare your answers to the qualities Paul discussed, is the real you a “doer” of the word or just a “hearer” of the world?
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man viewing his natural face in a mirror. He views himself, and goes his way, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.