Have you ever took the time to think about the influence your life has on the people around you?! I encourage you to take a few minutes to sit and write down the names of your closest friends. Maybe it’s a few or a dozen, but nevertheless, as you are writing their names pray for them and thank God for putting that person in your life. Better yet, pick up the phone and call them or shoot them a text and let them know how much you appreciate them. You won’t regret it.
Now… on to the main course! (:
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.” Psalm 73:25 (NASB) From the moment I read this verse it hit me in the deepest depths of my heart. I know this verse is much easier said than done and when I first read it I couldn’t help but imagine myself honestly and vulnerably uttering those very same. And I must admit to you that as much as these words soothed the deepest and darkest parts of me they also brought with them the slow and steady sting of conviction. “Can I really say this is true for me right now?” Truthfully, I’m still working on it, but every day I’m making progress in that direction. Then comes the second most challenging part. What am I “advertising” to everyone around me? Is there evidence of not only Christ, but also Christ at work in my life? When people look into my life who do they see at the center: Jesus or myself? These are just a few of the many questions that have riddled my mind recently. Although I don’t know every person who will read these words either now or in the future, however; I’m fairly certain you’ve asked yourself some of these very same questions along the way. When we let God rearrange our motives, He becomes even greater and the selfish desires become even less. Once our will is in sync with His, the power and potential of the legacy our lives will leave one day, take on a completely different meaning.
For the past several years, quite of few of my very dear friends have gone on to be with Jesus. And although I don’t see them on Sundays anymore I cannot help but be even more inspired and empowered to “carry on” in their footsteps by doing what I can in and through my life to leave behind an influential legacy from my life one day. “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” James 4:14 (NASB) WHOA! In other words, the life we’re leading in this very moment here on earth DOES matter! So, let’s take it seriously just as James suggests in this verse. (Quick side note: By no means do I believe nor am I saying not to enjoy life and just focus full steam ahead only on our legacy. Even though we’re building that as we lead our life, I wholeheartedly believe that God wants us to enjoy our earthly life that He has so graciously given to us). The older I get, the more I understand just how quickly time passes. Lord, help me to make the most of my life here on earth and to realize that this life really doesn’t last forever and to never take a single thing for granted! You have reminded us clearly in Your word that the things of this world are only TEMPORARY! May we never forget this preciously awesome reality! This is my prayer for each one of us.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 (NASB)
As I write this final paragraph, I want to preface it by saying that I believe most of the folks who will be reading this post have already accepted Christ, I want to spend the second half of this sentence writing specifically to the person who may not know Christ. I want you to know that you are loved with an everlasting love. The love that can and only comes from Jesus Christ. And I want to invite you right here right now to come and discover the reckless love of the Father. You can invite God into your heart by praying the following:
Lord, I know I’m a sinner and I know I’ve made mistakes. However, I recognize that You alone are God. And that You lovingly sent Your one and only Son to die on a Cross and take the penalty for all my sins, so that I can spend eternity in Heaven with You one day.
In Your Name I Pray,
Now, if you just prayed that for the very first time…. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD! We’re just people who love Him dearly and seek His will in everything we do. Perhaps you prayed that prayer as a way to come back to God. Let me remind you also that He loves you with an everlasting love. He has a great purpose and plan for your life. In conclusion, no matter where you find yourself today be reminded and encouraged by the following:
- God loves you.
- God is for you.
- Your life has a purpose.
(Whether you just accepted Christ for the very first time, or you made the decision to come back to Him, let me invite you to visit my Resources page for more info and for ways to connect with the family of God)!
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