Clichés

Ephesians 5:6 NIV [6] Let no one deceive you with empty words…

Sometimes, Christians hide behind empty clichés which when examined carefully, may not really make sense and in some contexts may be actually offensive. Phrases like “God is my co-pilot”, “Heaven helps those who help themselves”, “I’m forgiven, not perfect”, “When God closes a door, He opens a window” etc. are not necessarily spiritually sound just because we throw a few metaphysical words around in a sentence. We may even use them in evangelism which can cause confusion and make religion seem like an opium-induced reaction to reality. “Attempting to get at truth means rejecting stereotypes and cliches” (Harold Evans). 

Mr. Nice Guy

2 Samuel 6:6-7 KJV …Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it…And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. 

1 Samuel 15:22 KJV 

[22] to obey is better than sacrifice, 
Nice guys, they say, finish last. Unfortunately, this may be true for even Christians. Being a good Christian is not necessarily being ‘nice’ all the time, it is all about obeying God even when the instruction seem senseless. God does not call us to be ‘good’ people as much as He calls us to be holy. Actions which may seem good, may have grave repercussions. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux). 

Wild Oats

Psalm 90:12 KJV[12] So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

When young, we think we have our whole lives ahead of us. But just as today is the “Someday” we thought about some time ago, the future will come as quickly. If you use your youth as time to sow wild oats, you will reap the same in old age, and vice versa. “Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them” (Dion Boucicault).

Confidence 

Genesis 40:14,23 KJV [14] But think on me when it shall be well with thee…and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: [23] Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. 

Psalm 118:8 KJV : [8] It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 

Sometimes God allows the people we try to depend upon to disappoint us, to teach us to trust in Him alone. Where there are no expectations, there are no disappointments. “Unlike people, God will never turn His back on you. Trust in Him with all your heart, and you will never have to worry about being betrayed” (Edmond Mbiaka). 

Proactive 

Matthew 25:3-4 KJV [3] They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: [4] But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 
What separates the average from the successful is the ability to think outside the box. It is better to be over prepared than be caught unawares. “Be proactive not reactive, for an apparently insignificant issue ignored today can spawn tomorrow’s catastrophe” (Ken Poirot). 

Examine Yourself 

2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV [5] Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. 

We update our résumés often when watching out for career opportunities. In the same way, while running the Christian race towards the goal which we’ve been called for, it is expedient to take time to check oneself to ensure we are moving forward and not in the same place we started. “The unexamined life is not worth living” (Socrates). 

Flattery 

John 1:25,27 KJV [25] And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? [27] He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. 
Listening to flattery will get you nowhere in life. Know who you are so you will not be buffeted by public opinion which will turn your unique life purpose into competition. “Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver” (Edmund Burke).