... Thank the Lord for all that He has made.
I am truly thankful for God's faithfulness in my life, my family has had work and provision, security and hope. We have never gone hungry and even in tough times there has been a way and an answer.
I really want to give praise to the One who deserves it all, our Creator and Father, without whom we would not have existed. We were created by Him, for Him. That is the main point of our lives.
This is a thought that has crossed my mind lately and I really think is the base for our lifestyle. We are not here on earth to just chill or enjoy, or live an adventurous life...They all sound wonderful... But the question is: How do we live for God in our everday life? What does it look like to live to glorify our Lord and Savior?
That answer may not be the one you want to hear (and if you do, Yay!).
Living for God means to die to ourselves, just like the bible says in Luke 9:23-24.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
There is an important phrase in there that has way more meaning and relevance for our life than any accomplishment or trophy.
"Let him deny himself", what does that mean?
It means to not care only about our well being, our life, our needs, our problems, etc, but to think to serve God and others through our life.
By the way we live we can either deny or glorify God.
If we choose to live for God, that means to live according to his rules. What? Rules? Nobody likes rules; but the ones He has given us are the right way to live.
It is a life where one genuinely cares for others, cry when others cry and is happy when others are happy; a life that not is not selfish. The world today is selfish. Let's try to separate ourselves and be the light that God has called us to be. Let's love.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
Let's talk about our hope: Jesus. Give Him the glory he deserves. He already did everthing for us when He died on the cross to take away our rightful punishment: Death. He died for the sins of humanity even before anyone acknowledge him as their Lord and Savior. And he did it out of love.
And as has been said in the books of the new testament, the commandments are summarized by Love. If we do everything with love, there will be no disrespect, no fights, no judging, no unfairness... Sounds simple enough, right?
It is a constant struggle to try to live like that, but with God in our side it is possible!
It will not happen overnight, but if we diligently seek the Lord through prayer and our way of life, we can rest assure that God will do what he does best: To be there for us.
Happy New Year!
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