Dwelling – Back to the basics.

What is on my heart to explore is how what we DWELL upon affects how we live.  The initial answer is pretty clear, but the more I think about how this works in my life and the life of others, it is not so simple.

Remember being told – “you are what you eat.”  This is so true physically.  Eat junk-food and it leads to being full of junk-food without what we really need to live a healthy life.  Eating poorly may not start of seeming so bad, but stay on that path and it leads to poor heath and if nothing changes death.

What we dwell on “feeds” our actions.  What we think about leads to our actions.  Therefore, it matters what we think about.  You might be thinking, duh, but what are you doing?  Are you living a faithful life according to Gods’ will or something else?

It seems like the first response to this question for many is to bring up perfection.  Well, nobody is perfect.  Living a faithful life is not about perfection on earth, but it does require being perfected.  Here I go again getting all complicated.

Which way are you going?  There are only two ways!  Following Jesus on the narrow way (Matthew 7:13-14), or other.  What we are doing, how we are living, starts with on what or whom are we thinking (dwelling).

When we dwell on anything other than “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any more excellence and if there is any praise – DWELL on these things.  Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”  Philippians 4:8-9

On what am I dwelling?

Opportunity leads to decision

The more I explore this idea of dwelling, the more aspects and details I learn are part of the whole process.  Last time, I encourage you to read it if you haven’t yet, I challenged us to recognize that at the beginning of anything and everything we have an opportunity.

I believe embarrassing the idea of opportunity is essential because  – opportunity leads to decision.

Let me see if I can explain what I mean.

Have you ever considered if you live passively most of the time?  Think about most days.  Do you typically live by routine, go with the flow, and or let circumstances or others make decisions for you?  You might ask me, what is the problem with living this way, I am glad you asked.

Let’s go back to the example, I used this last time as well, of starting each day.  If we start passively, without intention, we nearly always start without Jesus.  I know this true for me because it is how I lived my first 40 or so years.  How about you?

Living passively is living without conscious decision, unintentionally.

I believe failing to start nearly every day in prayer and Bible study, leads to a passive life.  In a way it is a self-fulfilling prophesy.  Live without intentionality leads to living passively.  Living passively leads to leaving our relationship with God out of our daily life.  Leaving God out of our life is a passive life.

Making the most of every opportunity leads to, when Jesus is our Lord, dwelling well.

I am not suggesting that God wants us to be decisive leader type people all the time, but I do believe He wants us to live purposeful lives.  If we are letting circumstances or others make most of the decisions for us, then it is unlikely we are living spiritually faithful lives.  Yea, this is a strong statement.

Isn’t it time to dwell well – live intentionally/obediently to God’s will?