As the annual Chinese New Year Festival is coming, it is appropriate to buy new year goods, clothes, and clean up. However, as children of God, with renewed words and thoughts, we should consecrate our behavior, conduct, body, and beliefs convictions.
First, we should consecrate our words. What we say should help build others up and benefit those who listen, but sometimes, inappropriate comments may make others unpleasant, uncomfortable. So now we're supposed to put a muzzle on our mouths to forbid our lips from talking about what we ought shouldn't say. As children of God, besides the right and appropriate words, we need to tell the stories to display names of gratitude and praise, and something that can build others up.
Second, we should have consecrated thoughts. Searching every heart, God understands every motive behind the ideas, so we can’t hide our thoughts from Him. We should remember the teachings of apostles Paul, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by way of this world. "To please God, we should also sanctify our minds.
Third, we need to sanctify our actions. Some people like to gather together for gambling, smoking, and drinking during the festive holiday season. As children of God, we should ask God to protect us from bad habits. Living a life worthy of the call we have received, we should have good deeds and consecrated life so that people may praise our Father in heaven.
Four, we should be vigilant at all times and everywhere because our bodies are not our own. God has bought and redeemed with a hefty price, and our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Escape from prostitution. Therefore, we should bear in mind God's mission to our bodies, glorifying God.
Five, we need to sanctify our faith. "Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself in this way. (Daniel 1:8) ”Daniel thought accepting royal food and wine was the first step toward dependence on King's reward. Even in an unbelieving environment, besides holding fast to God's law and faith, he has determined to do what God liked throughout his life and not yield to the pressure around him. He chose not to defile himself with the king's meal and wine, as he decided to be sanctified in belief by faith.
As the on-site gatherings were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, besides the online services, we can set up family worship to live a consecrated life, not compromising with the secular world.
(The original article is published by Gospel Times.)
- Translated by Abigail Wu