Episode 5: 5 Core Values to make You a Change Agent
Feb 4th, 2017 by emmanuelnaweji
The first core value is self-worth. God formed you from inside out. He worked on every single detail of who you are now. Therefore, who you should look like is only found in God. (Psalm 139:13-15)
Not only God formed you before even you were born. But, He also has had a plan for you and has appointed you in the life you have with a mission. (Jeremiah 1:6, 29:11)
God cares for you just as you are that He will not even let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. (1 Corinthians 10:13).
God was willing to give up His only Son for your sake (John 3:16). Do you see how worthy you are in God’s eyes?
Don’t let anything or anyone take that away from you.
The second core value you need to become a change agent is self-perception.
God has prepared works just for you to walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10). And this is the second core value to make you a change agent.
Do not be conformed to this world. Aim at doing what is the will of God for your life. (Romans 12:2).
You were made in God’s image to live a Holy-Spirit empowered life (Acts 1:8), and as a child of God (John 1:12). That’s who you are and the only perception of yourself you should have.
Another core value to make you a change agent is self-talk.
Our talk always comes from what we think about ourselves. Your self-talk is dependent on what you think about yourself: self-perception.
Think and talk of yourself as someone lovely, commendable and excellent.
You have all it takes to be who God destined you to be here on earth.
The next core value to help you be a change agent is self-confidence, which is a result of self-worth, self-perception and self-talk.
God’s promises for being with you always should represent the foundation of your confidence.
Your self-confidence comes out of what God has done in you:
- God has changed your heart and renewed your mind.
- God has filled you up with His Spirit (because your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (Corinthians 6: 19).
- God has equipped you with spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4-11).
Lastly, self-discipline is another core value you need in order to become a change agent.
Through faith in Christ, God has introduced you into a way of life that’s pleasing to Him. God has also empowered you to live this kind of life.
This lifestyle should be organic. It should flow out of your love for God and what God has been doing in your life.
Being a temple of the Holy Spirit, you then have the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5: 22).It is the fruit of the Spirit that shapes your character, behavior and personality. And, not the other way round.
What you have to do though is to stay connected to the true vine (John 15:1-17). This is where self-discipline comes into play.
But, this is simply practicing: prayer, daily reading of scripture and stay in communion. You do it on your own and also with other people (Church, small groups, friends, etc.).
Change truly begins with you as you work on yourself. It is that inner transformation, which will be replicated around you.
Yes, it is by doing so that more lives will also be transformed, one person at a time. As a result, you will be an agent for all that change taking place around you.
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