From a Rule to a Lifestyle (April 25, 2013)

“When the Rule becomes second nature–when you find yourself praying for, preparing for, and anticipating how God will use you–when you begin looking for more ‘neighbors’ to help in unique ways–then the Rule has progressed for you, from a rule of life to a lifestyle.” {p.121 “The 10 Second Rule“}

The goal of the 10-Second Rule is not to make you feel better about yourself or assure you a place in Heaven.  Even though the people you touch will be affected in some way, it’s not about them.  It’s about your heart and your relationship with God.  Each time you are obedient to God’s nudging you grow a little closer to Him.  The more you practice the 10-Second Rule, the easier it will be to be obedient.  The tasks may get more difficult, but the obedience will be easier.

[Read Luke 20]

Luke 20:46-47 “Beware of these teachers of religious law!  For they like to parade around in flowing robes and love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces.  And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets.  Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public.  Because of this, they will be severely punished.”

Beware that you don’t fall into the “look at me” trap and do things for others so people will see you.  Don’t parade aroudn your good deeds like a banner.  Do what you do for the pure love of a holy God.

Father God,
My good deeds are not for show or accolades.  They are for You.  They are to build our relationship from mere talk to an obedient spirit.  Thank you for the blessings you have bestowed upon me so that I can be a blessing to others.  Amen.


About Jill Potts Jones

I am a Believer. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus Christ is THE Son of God. I believe that Jesus died so I can have eternal life. I am not ashamed to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is my God and my Savior!
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