The Habits: Aligning One's Self with God's Purpose
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”(Romans 12:2, NIV)
How did Jesus stay focused on His mission? We believe that it was because of His habits. Habits are behaviors and actions that we often do instinctively, often without much thought. Jesus’ habits, His spiritual disciplines, were something that He practiced as a regular part of His daily life.
The habits that Jesus practiced—spending time in solitude and prayer, applying God’s word, abiding in God’s unconditional love, and maintaining supportive relationships—kept His life and leadership perfectly aligned with the Father and His mission. God uses our habits (spiritual disciplines) to put us into a place where He can work within us to transform us into the leader that He wants us to become.
Practicing these habits aligns your life and leadership, keeping you on course much like the alignment of your car’s tires keeps your car headed in the right direction. When your car is “out of alignment,” the tires or wheels that are not aligned properly will pull or steer the car in a different direction from that of the remaining ones. If you are not careful while you are driving, your car might veer over into another lane or even run off the road into a ditch.
Through our habits, God continually realigns and transforms our life so that our heart, head and hands remain focused on the purpose and mission that God has given to us. Practicing them on a daily basis prevents us from losing our direction, keeps us out of the “ditches” that Satan puts in our way, while helping us become a servant leader who leads like Jesus.
Is your life in alignment with God’s plan and purpose? If not, commit yourself today to put into practice the habits that Jesus did. If you do, your life and leadership will be blessed.
Written by Fred Waggoner
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