The Reference Point is Christ

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As Christians we often get “discouraged” or “hurt” by the words or actions of others, and based on those very “words and action” we then determine our behaviour towards these people. Their actions determine our actions. Their words determine our words. And it doesn’t matter how right we consider this, it isn’t. The reference point for our actions as Christians is never the individual, never society and it’s norms; never the government and it’s charms. 

Colossians 3:23 orchestrates this point by explaining how we are too act and behave; “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”. Two points here and very key ones (a) In whatever we do, whatever manner or capacity we are to do it “heartily”, that is genuinely, warmly, sincerely. The second point (b) is that in determining our actions and words, we are to do them as if it’s unto Jesus Christ Himself. So HE is our reference point, not them! That’s sobering.

The scary part is that as much as we may try downplay this verse, or deceive ourselves in our actions towards others; Colossians 3:24-25 makes clear God’s position – HE will JUDGE righteously and our actions and words will not escape.

“Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that does wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is NO RESPECT OF PERSONS.”

With God, WRONG IS WRONG, Child of God or NOT!

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10 Life Principals

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After watching a series of TED videos I came to a realisation that I keep “re-learning” some really tough life principles. It’s almost like falling down a hole and realising while at it’s bottom, “Is this not the same hole I fell down before, oh wait yes, I was supposed to avoid it……DOH!” So to side-step this “insanity”, I’ve come to 10 Fundamental Principles for my LIFE; to anchor, guide and remind me.

  1. Life’s purpose begins and ends in Christ and for Christ (Dane Balia – NOT YET)
  2. Nothing takes the place and time of MY family (Dane Balia – NOT YET)
  3. Don’t try be better than someone else, learn from them. (John Wooden)
  4. Honesty above all things, Grace right by it’s side to intervene (Dane Balia – NOT YET)
  5. Success for me is my potential maximised for Christ, my family and for those who I can influence (Dane Balia – NOT YET)
  6. There is nothing more painful than trying to be someone else. Be all you can BE (United States Army), you the BEST AT IT.
  7. Understanding the problem is 80% of the solution. (Dane Balia – NOT YET)
  8. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 KJB
  9. “He did each single thing as if he did nothing else” – Charles Dickens
  10. “A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” – Proverbs 11:1 KJB

If you unsure what “NOT YET” means, check out this TED Talk.

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