At the end of the day, we all want to make it to Heaven. I don’t know anyone (Christian or non-Christian) that says they are looking forward to spending eternity in hell. But, we must be careful with certain tendencies that can effect our eternal destiny. We may desire to go to Heaven but our propensity may effect our productivity to get there. Propensity is defined as: “an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way.”
The Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 9:27: “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” So, there is a constant battle to bring the flesh will into submission of what is God’s will. Romans 7:21-23: “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” God help us!
Just because opportunity presents itself to do good, our propensities can give us an unfavorable outcome. We must learn to willingly bring our body and minds under subjection so it does not hinder our productivity in God to fulfill His will for our lives. The rich young ruler had the opportunity to become a disciple of Christ but his propensity for riches effected him from succeeding in his call. A young person can have the ability to do well in college but their propensity for partying can effect their grades causing them to fail. Someone else may have the propensity to drink every time they are confronted with conflict. During hot weather women can have the propensity to expose their bodies that can send inappropriate messages to the observer.
So, propensity deals with our behavior in life’s circumstances. Paul said in Titus 2:7: “In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Wow! That’s powerful! We should have a Godly propensity to trust God and do good no matter what the prevailing circumstances are.
Psalms 37:3-4 says: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” So, when our propensity to respond to adversity is to trust God, do good, and continue to have a delightful attitude, God’s response to us is favorable as He gives us the desires of our hearts. Matthew 5:16 says: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
So, we should always do our best to maintain and produce good works to glorify God.” I Peter 4:12 says: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings… If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He (God) is glorified.”
So, what should be our propensity when we deal with the curve balls that life sometimes throws at us? We should change our carnal propensities and be productive in those things that pertain to Godliness. Lastly, Romans 8:6 says: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” So, I admonish you to be careful that your propensity does not effect your productivity in God.