What Do You Live For?

What do you live for? It’s a simple question with two ultimate answers: this life, or the next.

What we do in this life is either for this life, or the next. The testimony you have and the legacy you leave behind will continue to affect people’s lives in this life even after you’re dead and gone. When you live for Christ, serving Him faithfully, you are living for the next life and storing up for yourself treasures in heaven:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)

The price is high for Christians to live for Christ; that price is continuing to inflate in this world. Are you willing to give up your life for Christ, or are you holding on to the life you have all planned out? Are you trying to make a name for yourself, or are you letting God make a name for you by serving Him with all humility?

To live a life that outlives us is the Christian’s goal. Our life, its testimony and legacy, should continue to bear witness of Christ. Christ gives us the strength and endurance to live for Him. He is the source of our strength; apart from Him, there is no strength. Seek to live a life for Christ: a life that will outlive you.

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Love: Definition or Prescription?

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13 (NKJV)

I recently did a study of this passage which examined all these characteristics of godly, true, Christian love. It was a study that was well worth my time! But now, as I look back and think back on the study, I realize that my study missed something.

As I expounded on this passage and studied it, I failed to see is two, very important, sides: description and prescription. Scripture is not just a lens that we use to evaluate and see the world through, it is also a manual that tells us how to interact and live in this world. You see, I failed to apply this passage in my own life, and, instead, used it as only a way of recognizing and describing love.

With all Scripture, it is important to learn the lessons from it and see how they are to apply to our own lives. Three major steps to studying the Bible are: 1) Observe what is written, 2) Interpret in light of all Scripture, and 3) Apply to your own life. For so man Christians, we only go so far as step one or two, but rarely implement step three into our studies.

I challenge any Christian to change their personal Bible study methods to include all three steps outlined above. If you don’t have a regular Bible study regimen, make one. Don’t think about how much time it would take out of other things in life, because your spiritual life is what should be a top priority in your life. Do it. Actively live for Christ and not for yourself. Look for ways to honor God with your life TODAY, not tomorrow or down the road. Today could be your last; make the most of it.

Confusion About Science

Over the past few years, it has come to my attention that the world has become grossly intolerant of Christianity. I stand on the Word of God, and no amount of intimidation or persuasion is going to make me back down.
The world has been indoctrinated with the religions of atheism, humanism, and naturalism. They have forced millions of children to accept their humanistic religions as fact, and aggressively attacked Christianity and removed it from the system. They have confused the word “science” with the “theory of evolution.” There are two general types of science: observational science and historical science. Evolutionists try to blend the two together, when they are actually very distinct.
I do not want this post to go into any sort of detail, but I would like to point you to a website that tries to earnestly set evolutionists and humanists straight. I highly endorse Ken Hamm’s work on this website as he fights to defend Christianity from the onslaught. The website is called “Answers in Genesis.” I recommend that any professing Christian read the articles. The articles are even broken down into categories for easy browsing.
As I stated before, I stand on Word of God, the Bible. I will make my stand with many others as we fought to defend our faith.

Link to AiG: https://answersingenesis.org/

Jolt!

Ever have one of those songs that comes along and, no matter what’s going on, it cheers you up and pretty soon you can’t help smiling? (the song is “Loving You Is Easy” by Chris August)

Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. That moment you’re almost laughing out loud because you actually feel so happy and good!

They can come along when you least expect it. Maybe it’s just the undying optimist in me that can never be suppressed for very long. I suppose that’s one of the best things I’m thankful for, that God gave me a laugh that will never stop, forever.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 is, perhaps, the best way to show this. Specifically, I’m thinking about verse 4:

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Bad things only last so long before good things come along. Look for those good things! Smile! Laugh!! Dance!!!
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“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5 (KJV)

The last line is what really caught my attention. It is a nugget that should be taken in the context of the whole, but it is also a timeless truth. For those who are Christ’s, those sealed with the Holy Spirit, our sadness and sorrow can only last for so long. Even if our sorrow lasts to the end of our life, our joy will last forever!

Sleep fixes a lot of things, but one thing that it always seems to do is reset a person back to default. You might only be “reset” for a few minutes until you remember your current plight, but God-given sleep is a rest that does more than just rest our bodies. Our minds, our souls, and our hearts are all given rest when we sleep. Thank God for sleep.