Jun1ThuJune 1, 2017
“What is your life?” This question comes from James 4:14, and not surprisingly this question still pertains to us today. This question begs us to take a deep intrinsic look into our own lives. In fact, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, it is imperative that you take this self assessment each day so that you can accomplish your divine purpose given to you by God. Here are some questions that should run through your mind every single day:
Who am I? (Answer: A child of God)
Why am I here? (Answer: To be an ambassador for Christ)
What are my tasks? (Answer: Love God and love others)
What is my goal for today? (Answer: ___________________)
If you discipline yourself and ask these questions or questions like these each day, then you will slowly realize that as a Christian every day of your life should be lived with intention. The answers to these questions should motivate us to live our lives well, to accomplish our new purpose given to us through Jesus Christ.
It seems like one of the reasons why so many churches are closing their doors, struggling, stuck, or merely surviving is that the people within them do not live their lives intentionally. They have become more concerned about their own passions and their own comfort and have sadly forgotten that their Christian lives are called to be lived out with precision.
The Bible is clear that the Christin life is not a life of ease and comfort, rather it is a life of surrender and action. A good example of this is when Jesus states the two greatest commandments, “Love God and love others” (paraphrased). This is not some motto to live by, or church slogan, this is a command. In other words, we are called to actively live out these words spoken by Jesus. So, when a Christian is tempted to hate or wrong their neighbor, they must actively put love into action, even if it is hard. Or, when they are tempted to love themselves by giving into their worldly passions, they need to fight that temptation by intentionally loving God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. This passage, and many like it, are not here for us to simply agree with, but they are in God’s word for us to intentionally live out.
Sadly, the Christian life has become more about our likes and dislikes and following our own wills rather than following the will of God. And in the midst of this, many Christian are forgetting that we only have one life to live, and according to James 4:14, that one life we have is a mist. We are here one moment but then gone the next. The reality that our lives are a mist should encourage us to live each day with purpose and intention, to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
Please, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, ask yourself each day the questions stated above. When you repeat these to yourself every day your perspective and motivation in life will change. When you realize that you are here to live actively and to live intentionally for the sake of Jesus’ name, then it will change the way you live. It will cause you to live it well. Grace and Peace.