Routines are often implemented subtly. Life happens and before you know it, you're doing the same thing day in and day out. This routine soon becomes the pattern by which we live our lives. This can be good. This can also be bad.
Many of us, if not all of us, incorporate compromise into out lives. We are encouraged to comprise, especially in marriage. In this context, compromise is good. But, we often compromise in our jobs and various aspects of our lives. We tend to compromise enjoyment over money, for example. Have you ever said or heard, “I don’t have to be happy at my job as long as it pays me well.” Many will endure dissatisfaction with their employment as long as the financial return outweighs. Hence, compromise is experienced every day.
The Christian life isn’t about compromise. Yes, it is about giving up a way of life that we used to live for a better life in Christ. But, it isn’t a harmony of two lives. We are called to renounce our former way of life, renounce not compromise, and become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Being a follower of Christ is now the filter in which we live our lives, not just part of our life. But when compromise is a strategy we incorporate into our everyday life, and are used to doing, it becomes difficult to change. Instead of looking at our job as a compromise, it now becomes a mission field. Instead of ‘settling’ or ‘compromising’ on a purchase, it now becomes a way to be grateful for God’s provisions; and, developing a heart of contentment.
We are not to compromise what it means to live a life for Christ. That would be watering down our commitment, purpose, and Christ’s redemptive work. The Bible is full of instruction on how to live the life we are called to live. It outlines how we are to represent Christ in this world. Compromise should be turned into commitment. A full commitment.
Make that commitment! Live a life for Christ! He deserves that commitment! Jesus led by example by His commitment on the cross! Let us keep that in mind the next time we are feeling like compromising our beliefs.
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.