Are we living out our Shared Values? Back when we began this blog series on Shared Values, I emphasized the importance of a church family being unified around a set of values. Having shared values is the glue that holds us together. It is the compass that guides our direction and the distinction that gives us our identity. As our mission is all about the gospel, I chose the word “GOSPEL” as a way to remember key values that I hope we all will share.
To recap, the “G” is for growing in Christ, “O” for outward focused, “S” for Spirit empowered, “P” for putting people ahead of programs, “E,” for pursuing excellence, and “L” for leading courageously. Each of these values hold together to support the others. The more we are growing in Christ, the more we will focus outwardly on people and depend on His Spirit. As He is Holy, we are also called to be Holy, which is a pursuit of excellence in who we are and what we do. And none of us will be able to live out these values without a tremendous amount of courageous leadership.
We might say that we believe in these shared values. That is not a bad start. Yet, the true test of belief comes in how we live. Life has a way of revealing and refining what we truly believe. In the trials of life, what we value most will rise to the top. Trials will come “so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Pet. 1:7). Join me in praying about these values this week and consider how well your life reflects them.