Living with a Purpose: Christians Are Called to Live God’s Way
Everyone wants a Savior, especially if it’s free. The biblical concept of crucifying our carnal nature and becoming a living sacrifice for Christ has never been popular. Martyrs and all who face persecution for Christ understand that there is a cost to loving God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.
In the Old Testament, God wanted to know who he could count on and who would go for him. What was he talking about? He was asking if there was someone who would do his will and obey his.
In the New Testament we find the rich young leader asking Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life. Jesus just said give me your heart and follow me. We know that giving up our will is honoring our part of the covenant agreement, and we are wrong if we think it will accept any other type of generic life that we are trying to put together.
Years before I started writing books, newspaper columns, and weekly blog posts, I wrote lyrics to Christian music. Many have told me over the years that the music is so outspoken and compelling that only a small remnant of researchers would want to hear it, that words are painful to our old natures. It has been true. I can’t count the number of times I’ve given them to someone, and they never mentioned them again.
It is intimidating to hear Christ beckon us to come to his refining fire and crawl over the hot coals. Nevertheless, sacrifice is at the heart of the Christian faith. Granted, I’d much rather hear a message about blessings than how I need to pray as much as I play on my phone. It’s like everything else in life, when we’re passionate about what we love we can’t get enough of it, but when we’re trying to avoid something uncomfortable we can’t run fast enough to get away from it. Unfortunately, this is often how we react when it comes to what God desires for our lives.
Are you thinking about your spiritual destiny? I realize we can’t see the future, but we can at least make sure we’re on the right track. We understand that it is essential to remain in constant awareness of his presence and to be obedient to his voice, but do we ever plan to give him full control of our lives? In order for us to let go of our old ways and become a new creation, we must invite Christ to sit on the throne of our hearts. Otherwise, we’ll never have a personal revelation of who he is. The true meaning of life is to love God with all of our heart, with all of our mind and with all of our strength, to be filled with his Spirit, and to know him in the power of his resurrection.
The children of God are members of his body who work together, develop and learn to live for him. To be transformed into his image by a constant progression of giving him control is the spiritual reality of growth and advancement in the perfect will of God. We know that he is not happy with a lot of things that are going on around us today, but we must continue to trust him and allow his love and forgiveness to flow through us.
When we read about some people who have had extraordinary experiences with the Lord, we notice that they have spent time with God in secret places of isolation, far from the voices of chaos. The disciples of the remnant are drawn into the depths of his presence because they want to know his truth. They desire to go deeper into his endless sea of wisdom and revelation and are overwhelmed by his authority and mighty might.
Lifting their hands and hearts to heaven, he touches them and fills them with the glory of his infinite love. “But all of us with open faces, beholding the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Help us, O God, to have your discernment and agape love as we continue to fight on our knees in this spiritual warfare against evil principalities and rulers of darkness. We repent of our sins and bow down to you with humility and awe of who you are. We love you and adore you. Amen.
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