What are your first set of thoughts when you wake up in the morning,
What are you excited about?
What pushes you everyday?
I remember way back, when I was an undergraduate, I would wake up energized. Thanking God for another day, grateful for another opportunity to be with Him. To spend time at His Feet, eager to study His Word. There were times I would sleep and wake up in the morning with scriptures read earlier resonating in my heart.
That was of a part of my life that changed.
And I miss it.
What happened? Why isn’t it like that anymore? You know as an undergraduate, living with your parents and not having much responsibilities thrown your way, everything is pretty cool. More time to yourself. Time to read and watch TV, etc. So to answer the question, I can say life happened. I got married and … oh well, things changed.
I know. It was during my personal devotion, while reading Luke 14 and 2 Corinthians 5:13-15, that I remembered those moments I shared above.
Let’s start with Corinthians.
If we are out of our minds, it is for God. If we have our right minds, it is for you. The love of Christ controls us, because we know that One died for all, so all have died. Christ died for all so that those who live would not continue to live for themselves. He died for them and was raised from the dead so that they would live for him.
2 Corinthians 5:13-15 NCV
The love of Christ controls us
One died for all, so all have died
Not continue to live for themselves
So that they would live for him
The love of Christ controls us. The MSG version says, Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. The love of Christ is our new motivation. After we give our lives to Jesus, His love for us overwhelms us and causes/pushes us to live our life the way He wants.
One died for all, so all have died. Christ died for us. He saw the impending danger upon us and He gave His life for us so we can build a relationship with Him and be united with Him in heaven. Jesus Christ dying for us has also made the power of sin dead in us. And when we come to Him, accepting Him as Lord and Saviour, we begin to live new lives.
Not continue to live for themselves. Our lives are no longer ours. Colossians 3:3 in KJV says, For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Our lives are hid in Christ and so the life we live and portray to others is CHRIST. So that they will live for him. We are living not for ourselves but for Christ. Everything we seek to do should be to the glory of His name. We no longer try to pursue our desires but His desires. We no longer want to do our own thing but seek to do His. Jesus Christ came to give His life for us and we should be like, Lord Jesus live through me. Move through me. Heal through me. Walk and work through me. Speak through me. Feel through me.
But instead we are like, God thank You for another day, and we go about pursuing our desires. Our driving force is our will. Our purpose and desires; what we aim to acheive for ourselves.
In Luke 14:15-24, Jesus told a story of a man giving a banquet and inviting many people. The people he invited didn’t show because they were consumed with things of this life. As a result of that, the man ordered his servants to go to the streets to invite whomever. Just like that, those who were initially invited, lost their position and the chance of a lovely feast.
Get the morale of the story?
Don’t let LIFE get ahead of you and make you lose sight of what’s important, GOD.
Have a fab weekend!