In order for many of us to achieve our goals and dreams of this life, we must be willing to do things. In order to become a teacher, I had to graduate from high school and college with the appropriate degree. To live a healthier lifestyle, one must be willing to exercise, choose what they eat wisely, and eat proper portion sizes. In order to become the proper Christian that God calls us to be, we must be willing to do certain things.
Looking at the life of Paul, we see that he was willing to do many things for the God and in service for the Lord. Paul was willing to tell others about Christ. Immediately after his conversion, Paul was preaching and telling to others about Christ. Paul was willing to travel to far away places to preach the Gospel of Christ enduring long and difficult journeys. Paul was willing to be stoned and dragged from cities while he preached Christ. Paul was willing to live many days of his life imprisoned due to the fact he was preaching and teaching about God. We see the great example that Paul left us in what he was willing to do. But what about in our lives?
In our lives we must be willing to do many things:
1. We must be willing to fully submit our lives to God. James 4:7 says to “submit yourselves therefore to God.”
2. We must be willing to keep God’s commands. John 14:15 says, “If you love me, keep my commands.”
3. We must be willing to repent and change from our sinful ways (1 John 1:9).
4. We must be willing to confess Christ before others through words and actions (Matt. 10:32-33).
5. We must be willing to be immersed into the watery grave for the forgiveness of our sins—(1 Peter 3:21).
6. We must live faithfully, even in times of suffering and hardships (Rev. 2:10).
7. We must be willing to give, not only of our money, but also of our time, energy, and talents (2 Cor. 9:7).
8. We must be willing to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
9. We must be willing to sacrifice for the cause of Christ (Heb. 13:16).
10. We must be willing to love God first and everyone else second (Matthew 22:37-39).
What are YOU willing to do for Christ today?