The word align seems to be coming at me in various forms these days particularly as it relates to spiritual matters. It came to me again this morning via Ecclesiastes 7:8a—“Notice the way God does things; then fall into line.”
So what might the Holy Spirit be telling me? Here are my thoughts.
- As Christ followers, we ought to align our behaviors with His. For example, if we treat others in a matter contrary to the manner in which He treated them—with respect and compassion—then our behaviors are out of line and change needs to happen. We need to realign them to make them consistent with our Master’s teaching and role model.
- As Christ followers, we ought to align our thoughts with His. Philippians 4:8 says, “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Thoughts that dwell on what is untrue, critical, impure, and dishonest fall short of God’s standard—they’re misaligned and need an adjustment.
- As Christ followers, we ought to align our values with His. For instance, He cares for orphans and widows, therefore we ought to do the same (James 1:27). He says we’re to render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, therefore we ought to pay our taxes with integrity (Mark 12:17). He says we’re to gather with other believers for fellowship, therefore we ought to be involved with a local body of Christians (Hebrews 10:25).
I find the word align so helpful in evaluating my spiritual well-being. It helps in the physical realm too. For instance, I know what weight I want to maintain for the rest of my life assuming I’ll stay healthy. In order to achieve my goal, I need to align my behaviors with that goal. Anything less destines me for failure.
How does the word align resonate with you? What behaviors or attitudes could use a realignment in your life either to line up with God’s standard or to reach personal goals?