Learn the Rules

Recently I went to watch my son play in a Rugby Match.  It was the first time I had seen him play, as he just started playing on this club team a number of months ago.  I don’t understand Rugby.  I’ve watched it before, I have friends that play and love the sport, but with my limited exposure to Rugby over the years, I found myself lost!  I even downloaded a “Rugby Rules for Dummies” off the internet, yet when I was watching the game life, I just couldn’t figure it all out.  Eventually I began to figure it out, and by the end of the match I could even tell you who won and what the score was.  The next game I see will make a lot more sense.  What a great game!

In the midst of this frustrating learning curve, I was reminded that when you don’t know the rules, it’s hard to know how to play the game.  The rules define the game, give the parameters, determine the objective and clarify any penalties.

My wife and I have been leading a Bible Study for a group of Young Adults, and this month we’ve been talking about Authentic Christianity, and these past few weeks have been focused on “Living Above Reproach”.

Again, I was reminded that if we take the Word of God seriously, there’s a pretty good outline there for how we should live our lives.  The Word defines life, sets parameters, clearly communicates the objective and clarifies what happens when you go your own way.  God’s Word tells us how to “play the game”, yet many of us have no desire to  follow instructions, we’d much rather do our own thing and figure it out as we go.

Here are a couple of passages of scripture that help to define how we should live:

Romans 12:1  We need to present our bodies as holy and pleasing to God

Are my personal actions reflecting who I belong to?

Colossians 3:15 – 17  The peace of God and the Word of God need to rule in my life.

Are my actions matching the reality of Christ’s peace ruling in my heart?

1 Corinthians 9:24 – 27  Exercise discipline and self-control for a higher goal.

Do my actions contradict my message?

1 Corinthians 10:23 – 11:1  Seek the good of others, not your own selfish interests.

Will this activity cause others to stumble?

Romans 14:1 – 15:7  Do not judge others. Do not just please yourself.

Am I pursuing peace?

Galatians 5:1 – 26  Live by the Spirit and do not gratify the desires of your flesh.

Am I living by the Spirit or by the Flesh?


On Living Above Reproach

Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: www.russellcline.com Write directly to Russ at: rcline@extremeresponse.org www.extremeresponse.org www.leadermundial.org twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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