Imagine you're out to lunch with a business leader who has approached you with an inspiring plan for changing the world. You are wholly entranced by the ideas and ready to sign on to the proposal when you notice that this leader short-changed the waitress. Not very generous, right? So, would you partner with this business leader with an inspiring plan to change the world after what you witnessed?
This weekend we will explore chapter 5 of the book "Change Your World" by John Maxwell,
and we will explore 1 Peter 3: 13-22.
About the scripture, I can prepare you by saying that in Peter's day, there was a clear delineation between those inside and outside of the faith because Christians knew what it meant to be under the thumb of persecution. Peter encouraged Christians not to see challenges as a tragedy but instead as an opportunity to display their true colors, the greater hope they have in Christ that could never be taken away. The scripture for this weekend is devoted to helping us be prepared to react in a Christ-honoring at all times.
This is why we are talking about values because our lives should reflect our Christ-honoring values despite our daily circumstances. Let us consider how the values set by Christ should determine our choices, investments, goals, and even our leadership intention; after all, no one should follow a leader who is all fireworks. Let us remember Matthew 7:15-16 when it says... "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits."
Here's the key message for this weekend: Better than strategy, be ready to show your good values. To change your world, you need to choose to live by good values.