Daily Disciple Decisions
As we each strive to become disciples of Jesus, we must always choose to make the best choices every day. Each day there are some areas that are easy, and others that take more work, but if we can focus on the proper things, God can do amazing things in our lives.
While there are probably more, these 12 different elements that can help us become the person that God has made us to be, as we strive to be disciples of Jesus Christ. This list was given to me several years ago, and I have used it over the years as a checklist to make sure I am beginning each day with the correct attributes that reflect Christ.
While I'm not completely satisfied I live up to them everyday, I strive to do so. Hopefully they can help you in efforts to be an everyday disciple.
Attitude: I will choose and display Christ like attitudes daily. I choose to have a PMA – a positive mental attitude and positively impact others rather than having a DRA – a dirty rotten attitude and negatively impact others. (Philippians 2:5, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Proverbs 15:15)
Priorities: I will determine and act upon biblical priorities daily. I will prioritize my life and give focus and energy to those things that give the highest return for the kingdom of God. (Matthew 6:33, Proverbs 13:12)
Health: I will learn and follow healthy guidelines for daily living. Since my body is God’s temple, I will take good care of my body by getting the proper rest, nutrition and exercise needed. (1 Cor. 6:19-20, Proverbs 3:7-8)
Family: I will communicate and care for my spouse/children daily. I will adopt a family based definition of success: “When those closest to me love and respect me the most.” (Joshua 24:15b, )
Thinking: I will practice and develop good (Godly) thinking daily. I will seek to cultivate the mind of Christ by thinking God’s thoughts after Him and by bringing every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I will think on things that add value to myself and others. (Philippians 2:5; Isa. 55:8-9; 2 Cor. 10:5, Romans 12:2)
Commitment: I will make and keep proper commitments daily. I will commit myself to following through on what I believe God wants me to do. I will not live by human impulse but by the clear guidance of God’s Word illuminated by God’s Spirit. By the grace of God I will keep on keeping on. (Matthew 9:29b, Hebrews 12:12)
Finances: I will make money ethically and biblically manage money daily. I will earn money ethically, manage it biblically and share it generously. I will not make money my god, but I will learn to fear the Lord by offering to Him a tithe of my income. I will get out of debt and stay out of debt and be a faithful steward of all I give and all I spend. (Luke 16:11, Proverbs 3:9-10)
Faith: I will deepen and live out a vital Christian faith daily. Since I can’t please God without faith, by God’s grace, I will trust Christ as my Savior/Lord and I will deepen and live out my faith daily. (Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:20)
Relationships: I will initiate/invest in loving relationships daily. Since we are relational beings, I will initiate and invest in establishing healthy relationships with others on a daily basis.(Proverbs 18:24, Acts 10:38)
Generosity: I will plan for and model a generous spirit daily. In response to God’s grace, I will live to give. I will plan for and model generous giving daily by giving of my substance/self as God directs. (Deuteronomy 15:7-8, Proverbs 11:24-25)
Values: I will embrace and practice biblical values daily. Since life is not a dress rehearsal and I only live once, “I will embrace biblical values and practice them daily.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Isaiah 58:11)
Growth: I will make daily progress in the sanctification process. Since I never out grow my need to grow, “I will develop and follow a personal growth plan for my life.” (2 Pet. 3:18, Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Timothy 4:7b-11)