A Life of
Nobility: How to Define Yourself with Christian Values
What are the Christian values?
Shepherd vs. tiller of the ground. (Ge 4:2)
Abel lived a
religious life. He defined himself with Christian values.
Cain lived a laborous
Priority is different: Christians treat God as
their first priority in life. Non-Christians treat tilling of the ground as their
priority in life.
Sojourner vs. high officer in the world.
looked forward to another hometown.(Heb 11:15f)
Lot became a
high officer in the sinful world.
Destination and goal is different. Christians
treat this life as a “passage” to eternal life. Non-Christians want to gain as
much as they can in this life.
Dwelling among the tents vs. a man of the field.(Ge25:27)
Jacob stayed in the tents.
Esau was a man in the field.
Environment is different. A Christian will
choose to stay in the house of God to learn all the time. A non-Christian will
choose to hunt in the wilderness all the time.
Giving up the world for Jesus
vs. Leaving Jesus with sorrow.
grew and he chose three things to show his values. (Heb 11:24ff)
Affliction with the people of God to replace the
pleasure of sin.
Disgrace for the sake of Christ to replace the
treasure of Egypt.
Forsaking Egypt, what was visible, and seeking
for God who is invisible.
The rich young man left Jesus
with sorrow. (Mk 10:22)
He was a youth who abided by the commandments of
He left Jesus in sorrow. He had too many
possessions to follow Jesus.
Do you know his name? Can he have remembrance in
The choice is different. A Christian will choose
Jesus. A non-Christian will choose the fortunes of the world.
How to define/Identify yourself
with Christian values?
You are different in the world. (Num23:9)
was called “Hebrew” which means: “from the other side of the river.” (Ge 14:13) Hebrew means: “one from beyond”. “Across (other
side of the river.)
Joseph was called a “Hebrew” too. (Ge 39:14,17) He did very different things from an ordinary
17-year old high school kid.
Hebrews are especially
hated by Egyptians. (Ge 43:32) ex. Jesus also
mentioned that because we believe in the Lord, the world will hate you. (Jn 15:18-19).
We are spiritual Jews. Israel is the sand
of the sea, and we are the stars in the sky. (Ge
13:6)(Ge 15:5). There are many similarities between Jews
You are different from the rest of the world.
You are precious in the eyes of God. (1Jn 3:1)
You shall not let others put a label on you
according to human values.
A human has his own way to evaluate
a person. Society evaluates a person by the clothing you wear, the car you
drive, the place you live, the vocabulary you use, the school you go to, the
credit you have, the salary you earn, and the taxes you pay.
We’ve got to understand that the Lord requests our
best, our ability.
When people offered to God, Jesus commented that
the widow’s two coins were the best offering. Why? Her percentage is 100% of their
offering while others only offered a certain percentage in their life.
Another parable that Jesus mentioned is of the one
that had 5 talents, the one with three talents, and the one with one talent.
(Mt25:14ff) What one needs to do is try his best.
Peel the label from man off and put the label of
God on us.
God chooses people for a purpose. Even the
homeless pick up useful garbage from the trash can.
David said, “Is there not a reason for me to be
here.” You shall have the same feeling. God chose Paul for the Gentiles, Peter
for the Jews. God chooses you for a noble purpose. You’ve got to find that out.
No matter what you do in your life. You could be an accountant, a librarian, or
an engineer. Remember, your job is only a means in life. Your goal in your life
is not your job. Your goal is to love man and God, to expend God’s kingdom.
You shall dare to be different. It takes courage
to be different.
Daniel can be different in his eating and
drinking. This is a daily life issue. Dare you to be different in the way you
Your hairstyle shall be different from the punks.
Your earrings. Some brothers say that they have
sympathy to the gays, so they wear earnings. Sympathy to the people is one
thing; identifying yourself with them is different. Just because you have
sympathy to the prostitutes because of their background does not make you to
dress like them, and to behave like them.
Your clothing shall be normal. Normal is odd in nowadays standard sometimes.
Daniel’s three friends can be different in
Can you be convinced that all are wrong, all are
worshipping idols? But only three of them had the right religious choice.
Are you truly convinced that the TJC is the only
church that provides salvation?
Do you support your God, your God’s body, which
is the church, to the point of death?
Joseph was different by not committing wrong
conduct. He knew that there is a God. To sleep with the master’s wife is
totally wrong in the eyes of God. Can you be different in your moral values?
TJC has the highest morals.
The sinned ministers can not serve anymore.
Oral sex is sex. You cannot marry in the temple of God.
The vision of Ezekiel: the wall was so tall. We
are making the wall as tall as the vision does.
Homosexuality is a sin.
Dare you ID yourself with the standard of the