“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you” (Zechariah 9:9a).
With so many desires and ambitions clamoring for our attention, we should regularly seek God’s help to focus on the true marks of Christian maturity. The Bible counsels us to pursue such virtues and encourages us to welcome the experiences that bring them into our lives.
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
—1 Timothy 6:11–12 NKJV
If given a place of pre-eminence, the life of Christ in believers is powerful enough to make us act right, even in tempting and challenging situations.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
—Galatians 2:20 NKJV