Don’t Take Life For Granted

Daily routines tend to be just that…routine. We go through the motions without really even thinking about what we’re doing. Automatic pilot is great for airplanes, but for most of us, it’s robs us of fully enjoying every moment of life.

Life is a gift from God. God wants us to acknowledge Him. He wants us to recognize Him as our Creator. He wants us to choose Him as the foundation upon which we live our lives.

What does this mean?

Without Him there would be no life, for He is the creator of all life. We have been given the right by God to live our lives in whatever way we wish, albeit with consequences for our wrong actions.

God sent His Son Jesus to take the punishment we deserve for our sin. Sin? Yes! Sin is what He calls disobedience to His commands. Sin is founded in our rejection of Him.The Bible says in 1 John 1:8 (KJV): “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  

That is surely true! For apart from Him, there is no forgiveness for sin. The Bible goes on to say in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 An effective God who can solve all our problems must be perfect, i.e. always fair, just, and righteous, all synonyms for righteous. We understand that only one who is perfect in every way can be God. Who wants an imperfect, fickle God?

Since He is perfect, then He will judge righteously. We are left with no argument or excuse for our sin. Therefore John wrote in 1 John 1:10, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

God has a plan for each life He creates. He gives each of us a purpose and a place in which to do His will. Each day brings new opportunities to reach out to others. John again teaches us how we are to live in Him:

“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. ” 1 John 3:23-24

 “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” 1 John 4:15

How to Make Your Life Meaningful… 

“Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1

Life does seem to take us where we never expected to go, doing what we never expected to do. God always has an action plan. God has given us a purpose. When we understand what God desires for us, then we can know what we must do to please him. Take life seriously and enjoy the great gift He has given to each of us.

Here’s the foundation that defines our actions as a believer and follower of Jesus:

“We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” 1 John 4:19-21

 “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 1 John 5:1-8

Don’t waste time trying to decide what is righteous living, when the Bible so clearly defines it. If we live by God’s rules, accepting Jesus as our authority and yielding ourselves to Him, we will have a meaningful life. The Bible says so.

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20

Knowing Him personally as Savior and Lord of my life has opened many opportunities for loving and helping others, my reasonable service to Him.

There are many who preach of false gods. John’s final words in this Bible book remind us…

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

Don’t be deceived by those who say one thing but do another. Don’t be fooled into thinking all those who are doing good belong to Jesus. Don’t set up idols in your life that you spend more time on than doing what God calls you to do. Live your life with focus and determination to please Him in all you do. Don’t take life for granted.

 

Linda is an inspirational writer and photographer. Her writing has been published in Relate.com, Union Gospel Press, Gospel Blog, Frontline, Dollar Stretcher, Discipleship Journal - DJ Plus, At the Center magazine, Simple Joy, Cross & Quill, Hot Cars, and others. Linda's story "Stretched to My Limit" about dealing with dementia was featured in "Stolen Moments" by Elizabeth Bezant. Linda's first non-fiction book was "Homeschooling: The Modern Day One Room Schoolhouse." In it, she shares her experience as a homeschooling mom, explaining the basic principles of homeschooling for the beginner. She successfully completed her first fiction novel through Chris Baty's 2006 National Novel Writing Course (NaNoWriMo). Linda also writes inspirational articles on her Words of Encouragement Blog. Enjoy Linda's photos at Words of Encouragement Designs.

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