The word boundary according to the Merriam Webster dictionary can be defined as “something that indicates or fixes a limit or extent”. It therefore means that by setting boundaries as a Christian, one actually fixes a limit to certain actions, words, lifestyle, etc using scriptures as a standard.
In Christianity our race and journey to eternity is marked by observing certain limits, certain “Dos” and “Don’ts” as outlined in the scripture which ultimately guides our daily living here on earth. Jesus Christ who is our perfect example at all times not only emphasized how different we are as his followers, but consistently showed us why it is important to set boundaries. He made us understand that we are to live distinctly from others, and become a light to them.
In Matthew 5:14, Jesus speaking to his followers specifically said “You are the light of the world.” This is not just an indication of what our distinct characteristic is, but also a profound emphasis on who we are, and the position we occupy on earth. In 1 Peter 1:15-16, we find Apostle Peter also emphasizing another distinct character of a believer, and what kinds of limits we should place when he wrote “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Great emphasis such as these abounds all through scriptures making us understand that as Christians, it is very necessary and important to set boundaries. In Athens, a group of persons were called Christians because they acted like Christ. Their conversations and actions followed a pattern which set them apart from others. The life we live is both spiritual and physical, and if we must live effectively exemplifying and exalting Christ, we need to set boundaries as shown by Christ. Here are some ways.
- Use The Word of God: All our actions, conducts, beliefs, doctrines must be founded on the word of God. This Holy book already provides us with the limits of what to do or not. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Be Intentional About All You Do: Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” To set boundaries means we have to be intentional to live according to God’s word.
- Guard Your Heart and Thoughts: Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) encourages us to Guard our heart for it determines the course of our lives. Setting limits begins when we ensure our hearts and thoughts are focused, and aligned to God’s word, his will and plans. We therefore consciously monitor what we think on and about, what we set our hearts to achieve and what desires rule our hearts.
You are the light of the world. You are a holy nation, called forth to glorify God. We cannot fulfil the sole purpose of worshiping our creator if we do not set ourselves apart from the world. As Apostle Paul says in 2 Timothy 2:4, no soldier who wars entangles himself with the affairs of this life… As we continue on our journey to eternity, may our lives be sign posts to God and eternity. Amen.