Live for the Lord

12 02 2009

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

– Psalm 1:1-2

 

This first Psalm is a clear example of the difference between those who are living their lives for the Lord and those who are not.  Are you conforming to the world?  Who are you turning to for advice, support, and comfort?  Who do you surround yourself with?  Who do you depend upon for friendship and love?  Turn to God.  If you are truly one of God’s children, then you cannot walk with one foot in this world.  We are but strangers here.  Look around you.  What are you associated with?  Look to the Bible as your roadmap.  If we are on God’s team, then let’s make sure we’re studying his playbook! 

 

Our essential prayer should be, “Lord, if I’m not living for you, I live for nothing.” 

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Who do people say you are?

9 02 2009

When I was in college, I thought I knew everybody I went to school with.  If a friend asked me if I knew someone, I’d ask them, “what do they do?” or “what sorority are they in?” or “what sport do they play?”  We always seemed to describe people by what they did, not necessarily by who they were. 

 

I still find that true today.  If someone asked you to describe yourself, you’d most likely tell them about your physical attributes or about your profession.  It becomes easy for us to hide behind a title.  Mother, lawyer, coach, pastor, brother, director…these are all roles we fill.  Who we are is an entirely different story.  WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD. 

“to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”

– John 1:12-13

By believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we are automatically adopted into the kingdom of heaven.  The only thing we need to DO for God is to love Him and love each other.  When Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say I am?” (Mark 8:27), he got several answers.  When he asked Peter, the response was “You are Christ”.  Jesus then warned them not to tell anyone about Him.  Are you relying upon other people to tell the world who you are, or are you living your life in a way that boldly says that you are a child of God?