Friday, January 23, 2009

Are you living well?

I'm reading in I Corinthians right now, chapter 10 to be exact. Most of this chapter contains Paul's instructions about the freedoms we have in Christ and how to balance them with not causing others stumble by abusing your freedoms. Right in the middle of this chapter, verse 24 to be exact, this line jumped off the page at me;

"But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well." (The Message)

It jumped of the page becuase I had to confess in my own heart that too often I am just trying to get by.  There are many reasons, excuses and things that contribute to this, but most of all, I have not or have deferred the responsibility for my spiritual growth.  Or worse, I become content knowing I'm going to heaven but hanging on to things that I know God wants me to shed.  The 2nd part of this verse is what's really convicting; that the point is to help others live well.  It was Albert Einstein who said "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

So the take away from this short verse is two-fold;
1) Are you living to "just get by" or are you actively pursuing a relationship with Christ?  After all, God promises we will find Him, but we will find Him only when we seek Him with all our heart.
2) Are you living for yourself, or are you living for others?  Remember the story of the sheep and the goats; the sheep were welcomed into God's kingdom becuase of what they did for others.  Remember the words of Jesus;

"For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it."

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