What Am I Living For?
Philippians 1:21 (NIV) To live is Christ and to die is gain.
If you’re not denying “self” in order to serve Christ, you’re not “living for Christ,” you’re “living for self.”
The early Church was beaten, stoned, thrown to the lions, tortured, and then went away rejoicing that they were considered worthy to suffer for the name of Jesus Christ. What where they living for?
- The American Church: The best life we can have on earth.
- The Persecuted Church: The best life they can have in heaven.
Psalm 144:3-5 (VOICE) Humans are like a passing breath; their time on earth is like a shadow that passes over us during the day and soon is gone.
Life is a vapor! Here today, gone tomorrow. Why live for the temporal vapor life, when we can live for the forever eternal life?
John 11:25 (TPT) I am the Resurrection, and I am Life Eternal. Anyone who clings to me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever.
2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV) Fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (CEB) Our temporary minor problems are producing an eternal stockpile of glory for us that is beyond all comparison.
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10 (LSC) Don’t give up. While our bodies die a little more every day, our spirits are being pumped with new life. What’s coming down now won’t last long and won’t hurt much compared to the joy of that day when the family will all be together. Don’t bother yourself with the things you can see and touch. They’re all going to waste away anyway. Get behind your relationship with the Father because that’s what’s going to last forever. We know that if our body gets ripped off, the Father has a new one waiting for us. We shouldn’t be afraid of that happening. As a matter of fact, we should hurt waiting for this to happen because the bodies He’s got waiting for us are so much better than the ones we’ve got now . . . . So trust Him and look forward to going home. Let’s be into doing what He wants wherever we are. Everything else will be worthless the day we stand in front of Him.
Living Your Relationship Where Other’s Can See
Everyday this man bodily stood up and sung a song to God where everyone could hear. He won over the entire prison, because of his consistent faithfulness to God.
We will not win over the people in our sphere of influence if they do not SEE consistent faithfulness. We think it’s the big things we do that create revival, but it’s actually the little things we do daily. The way we love. The way we treat people. The boldness to engage God in front of them.
What daily things could you do to make the biggest difference?