Living for Christ.
I’ve been reading through old posts and comment threads.
It helps, sometimes, to see where you’ve been, to know where you’re going.
Lots of wisdom has been shared here…from you all.
Thank you for sharing your lives with me.
This time of year brings so much reflection. I suppose it’s the whole Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s thing. Lots of family time and the culmination of, yet, another year.
Another year has come and gone and it happened in the blink of an eye. But, somehow, life-changing events occurred.
Everything gets stirred up. A bit like the bottom of a river. So beautifully clear. Until someone steps in and stirs up the sediment. The water clouds up, becoming murky, with no clear vision at all.
I’ve had some murky moments this year.
It gets that way for me, when I get in the way.
When I put myself before others…
Before family and friends, life gets cloudy.
My vision becomes dull.
I must remember:
I’m not the point.
He is why I exist.
My existence is not based upon anything other than His desire for me to live…at this point in time…to fulfill His plan.
Somehow, I’m a part of His plan.
The vastness of it is a bit overwhelming. I mean, I don’t really do much in the world’s estimation. But, in God’s mind, I’m vital. And bringing glory to Him is the most important act any of us can do.
And you know what? When we screw up big time…and wonder what we’ve done… ? And yet, don’t stay down in the muck and mire of our choices…but reach out to Him for forgiveness and insight…He is faithful to abundantly supply.
And when we praise Him — which feels like a sacrifice when everything around isn’t quite like we think it should be — when we praise Him in the struggle, He gets the glory.
Putting my wants, my desires, and my hopes aside…
Looking to Him for answers to life’s questions…
BIG or little…
Well, it’s what The Teacher did in the book of Ecclesiastes. After going through all of life’s joys and sorrows and coming to the end of himself, possibly toward the end of his life, he concludes:
Having heard everything, I have reached this conclusion:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
because this is the whole duty of man.
For God will evaluate every deed,
including every secret thing,
whether good or evil.
Paul taught the same thing:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
so that each one may be recompensed
for his deeds in the body,
according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
~2 Corinthians 5:10
So why do you condemn another Christian?
Why do you look down on another Christian?
Remember, each of us will stand personally
before the judgment seat of God.
For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow to Me
and every tongue will confess allegiance to God.’”
Yes, each of us will have to give a personal account to God.
So don’t condemn each other anymore.
Decide instead to live in such a way
that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian’s path.
Dying to self.
Living for Christ.
It’s His way.