Here’s a check list to help you evaluate your true values and commitments:
1. What do you want most?
Peace? Security? Safety? Recognition and respect? All of these are natural concerns. Are they your primary concern, or are your principle concerns for the Kingdom and Glory of God? (John 17:4, 10, 22, 24; Matthew 6:9-11; Luke 10:41, 42)
2. What do you think about the most?
Survival? “Success”? Building your financial portfolio? Your golf handicap? Or how to win those neighbors down the street to Christ? Or how you can get more quality time with God and your family? (Colossians 3:1, 2)
3. How do you use your money?
Would an objective observer conclude that you are greedy and self-indulgent? Or generous and self-sacrificing? Do you see your resources as God-given, and yourself as His steward in managing His resources? (Deuteronomy 8:18) Or do you view your resources as the product of your genius and sweat – to be dispensed of as you so please? (Luke 16:10-12; Deuteronomy 8:17)
4. What do you do with your leisure time?
On the evenings you go out for entertainment, would Jesus be comfortable tagging along? How would he feel about your late night T.V. and internet viewing? Does the focus and tenor of your leisure time match up with Paul’s criterion in Philippians 4:8: Think on whatever is “true… noble… right… pure… lovely… admirable… excellent… or praiseworthy… “?
5. What kind of company do you enjoy?
Are you traveling with the “mediocre middle” spiritual couch potatoes? Or with people of vision, discipline and excellence? Are you compassionately relating with the lost in your world or are you limiting yourself to your “holy huddle“? Are you blending in with compromising Christians? Or are you calling a spade a spade when sin is involved? (Proverbs 13:20; Matthew 9:9-13; 1 Corinthians 5:9-11; Ephesians 5:11)
6. Whom and what do you admire?
Are your heroes the self-proclaimed great ones? The power brokers? Those over whom the world ogles and awes? Or are your heroes the people who have chosen the less traveled path of service, sacrifice and humility? Interesting that a major publication devoted 17 pages to Princess Diana and 4 to Mother Teresa the week of their deaths. (Luke 16:15)