By the way, these words were not given to a spiritually elite group of Christians. They were not given to pastors or only to those who are called in the ministry. They are given to every follower of Jesus Christ. Every believer is called to press on.
You see, often it is the little things that bring us down – not the outright sins. Sure, we get to those in time. But it is the little things that ultimately lead to the big things. It is the gray areas that ultimately lead us to those black-and-white areas. That is why we have to look at these things carefully and ask ourselves a few questions:
- Does it build me up spiritually?
- Does it bring me under its power?
- Do I have an uneasy conscience about it?
As the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Corinth, “You say, ‘I am allowed to do anything’ – but not everything is good for you. And even though ‘I am allowed to do anything,’ I must not become a slave to anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12 NLT).
I don’t want to be under the power of anyone or anything but Jesus Christ. So ask yourself these questions about the things you think you have the freedom to do.
In the life of every Christian, there will come a temptation to compromise, to back off, to not take a stand for what is right, to not say what is true. We are all going to be faced with this temptation in one way, shape, or form.
You never will be temptation-proof any more than you will be bulletproof. But at the same time, if you are walking closely with God, sin will not have the impact it had on you before. To what you are going to yield yourself and to whom you are going to yield yourself is your choice.
Character is not made in crisis; it is only exhibited. It may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.
Do you have that character? Are you compromising in your life as a Christian? Are you doing what is right, even in the little things? Because if you don’t deal with compromise in the little things, then it will lead to the big things.
That is why it is a good time at the beginning of the new year to have some resolution–not a bunch of silly resolutions that you make and can’t keep, but resolution. Purpose. Commitment. It is having the dedication to say, “I want to do the right thing.” Because you decide the evening of your life by the morning of it.