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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Determining Our Core Values”
Core values are those values we hold that form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. And for those of us who are Christians, I can say that these values that have stood the test of time come directly out of the Bible. These have not varied and have guided humanity successfully for millenniums. When humanity has gotten off track is when they fail to follow the Bible or changed its meaning.
Now, there is an awful lot that is there, so what are the main core values that we need that will help us reset back to God. There are two I’d like to share with you.
The first core value was asked by one of the religious leaders of that day. He asked Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment of them all?”
And Jesus replied, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39)
The second should be our belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord and living our lives for Him.
This was a big core value of the Apostle Paul, and one he lived his entire life by. He said, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
Now, often it is the second part of this verse that is looked at as we contemplate our ending, and that is, heaven, or as Paul said, “to die is gain.” But, in the meantime we are here upon the earth, therefore we need to live for Christ while we are here, and for this to take place we are to pursue our knowledge of Him, which comes from the Bible. And it also means that Jesus needs to be our focus, goal, and ultimate desire.
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