Not only do I hear this from others, but I also seek this answer myself,
How do I know what to do?
Sometimes, I am so consumed with the answer to this question in a situation that I am frozen. Halted. Pondering all of the pros, cons, working every scenario out in my head. As if my risk analysis could lead me to a satisfying life.
Only Christ satisfies.
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:15-21, ESV)
So I see first of all that I need to reject what I used to live for. Maybe that’s fame, money, status, popularity, a hot bod, knowledge, position, things.
We turn away from these things because our holy God became our substitute and won us back to the Father. So we seek a different life. A life that exists to glorify God and show Him to others.
In Proverbs 4, some more insight is shared on what things we should seek and what things we should cast off. We are told over and over again to pay attention to these words, to listen, accept, take hold, not forsake, hold on, guard, keep your eyes fixed. And the message is? Seek wisdom. Reject unrighteousness.
Notice what we can get rid of:
- wealth v.7
- evil acts and associations vv. 14-16
- cheap emotions v.23
- gossip, foul words v.24
- dwelling on the past v.25
It seems from this proverb that wisdom and righteousness are intertwined – what are your thoughts on this? Do you agree? If you agree with your head, do you think your actions agree as well? (I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!)