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Lives of Virtue

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  Galatians 5:22 NIV

Photo courtesy of morguefile and Earl53.God has called us to walk worthy of Him.

A Christian’s happiness should be predicated on one’s relationship with Jesus Christ and bolstered by a level of self-esteem and self-respect that prevents them from drifting wherever the wind blows. When people are happy with themselves—when they honor, respect, and love themselves, they become conscious of their worth.  But what is the measure by which people determine that worth? Some use a worldly measure. Others use the measure of Jesus Christ.

Worldly worth comes from accomplishment—emancipation from parents, a career, financial independence, professional credentials. There is nothing wrong with worldly accomplishment if it is used for God’s glory. Christians are called to be the light in their workplaces so co-workers see Christ in them. When God blesses a person with gifts and desires, they should be good stewards of those gifts, giving back to God as He has provided blessings. In other words, we should use the gifts and talents God has provided in service to the Lord. A Christian does not hide it by using it only for personal development. A Christian uses it to build up the kingdom of God.

The pursuit of worldly worth is not forbidden, but we must be cautious. God wants His children to feel value, to accomplish, and to find success, but never at the expense of commitment to Him and His Word. Pursuing the vanity of the world over the ways of God and the commands of Jesus Christ has never been the plan. The lust for worldly accomplishment can lead down a path contrary to God’s way. The pursuit of worldly worth will lead to the lusts of the flesh.

Paul tells the church to pursue the Fruit of the Spirit, These things—along with our obedience to the Gospel of Christ—help us to be virtuous in the eyes of God and make us worthy of the love of Christ. Through the application of scriptural knowledge, we can discover the importance of having worth in Jesus Christ and internalize the character of virtue in our daily lives.

Jesus sacrificed His life for the world, now the world has to sacrifice for Him. Control the fleshly desires and allow the Spirit of God to control your life, thereby demonstrating and proving your worth to Jesus. Use your Bible as the sword and shield for the invaluable information and tools needed for the practical application of virtue. 

What’s your worth to Jesus? Prove your worth to Christ in the use of your gifts and by your service.

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and Earl53.)

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Tracy Worley

Tracy L. F. Worley is a wife, mother, career professional, and faithful Christian woman. She is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For the last eleven years, she has worked tirelessly in evangelism and women’s ministry, collaborating with her husband, Davis, on evangelism training and the Virtue in an Age of Promiscuity ladies retreat. In 2011, she established Virtue in Christ (www.virtueinChrist.org) as a vehicle for women’s Christian training and spiritual fortification. Professionally, she is a project manager and independent motion picture producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Syracuse University (1987), a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Howard University (1992), and a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix (2014). Currently, she is studying for a certification in Christian counseling with the Sunset International Bible Institute.


  1. May true believers accept this challenge!