Training

I previously talked about becoming set apart for God and the importance of using this time to influance our culture and bring glory to God. Becoming set apart is not an action that takes place over night. It is a decision to place God's will for your life over your own, followed by a process of continously seeking Christ, surrendering yourself, and allowing Him to transform your life to be more like His.

This process of a decision followed by action can be seen in other diciplines as well. An athlete sets their sights on a goal to be the best they can be and so they put their whole heart into training to accomplish that goal. Firefighters made the decision to join the cause of protecting people. Then they devote themselves to the rigarous training of their body and their mind so that when they are ultimately faced with a life and death situation they will accomplish what they set out to do, save lives.

To become set apart we must put aside childish things (1 Cor 13:11), crucify our old lives with it's passions and desires (Gal 5:24), dwell on moral excellence (Phil 4:8) and live by the Spirit (Gal 5:25) because the wisdom of this world is foolishness (1 Cor 3:19) and leads to death (Proverbs 11:19).

As I was thinking of how to apply this to my life in a real, meaningful way God made it painfully clear the area of my life that I need to surrender to Him. Entertainment, specifically TV, is a big area that constantly distracts me from focusing on heavenly things. Therefore, I am going to limit the amount of TV that I watch. This isn't to say that watching TV in itself is bad or that I will completely stop doing it, but I am trying to identify the things that are distracting and distancing me from God so that I can cut back, realign my priorities and focus on God.

Lord, I pray that I would live today in such a way that I would take one step closer to be the man that You want me to be.