This Evening I Am...
1 Corinthians 4:20 says...For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.
What is life about? Is is about eating and drinking and playing and growing up? About studying and marrying and trying to make alot of money? Is it about being in the right social circles and wearing the right clothes? Is it about who gets the biggest and most expensive toys and playing until you die? If we are Christians...what are we to be about?
I don't want to be just another clone college student living the American dream. I believe we can actually live the way God desires us to live. Why do we put off living for God when we can live for Him right now? We miss out on the life sustaining joy and hope when we don't focus on knowing Him better and living for Him right now. This is what living for Him right now offers us...
Psalm 28: 7-8 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
We are called to be more for God...if you have given your life to Him and are not living FOR Him...
Ephesians 4:20-23 says... 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
I ask again...Who are you? What are you doing here? We need to live for today...not for the future as Christians. We need to be serving today, helping today, memorizing scripture today, getting to know Jesus TODAY!
WHY? Because in the long run...nothing else matters.
This was Paul's prayer for us...Eph. 3:16-21 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I just want to encourage us to live for Jesus today. Make it the most important thing in our lives to be in the Word of God and to try to be Jesus with skin on to other people.
1 Corinthians 15:58- Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.