Each of us are in the midst of a battle. A battle of the mind, body, and soul. Even believers in Jesus Christ face this battle and maybe in even greater ways. The good news is we don’t face this battle alone. Let’s look at some things we must always remember in order to stay on God’s course in this life.
#1: This World is not my Home.
*We long for things to perfect, but they never will this side of Heaven. God’s spirit living with us is just a deposit of things to come. The world around us is filled with sinners like you and me. There will always be disease, dissappointment, and evil. One day “There will be no more death, sorrow, heartache, or pain for the old of older of things will have passed away.” One day this life will transition into the next until then things will never be perfect. We must do what we can, while we can, to make an eternal difference in this life.
#2:My self worth is not determined by net worth.
We live in a society that grades us for the cars we drive, the houses we live in, and the money we have in our pockets.God sees things completely different and we must view things through His eyes. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.” When you leave this earth you will take nothing you have in your possession with you. It won’t matter what house you lived in or how much money you had in the bank. What will matter is did you know Jesus, did you trust Jesus as your Savior & Lord, and did you live for Jesus.
#3: I will never arrive.
As long as I am flesh and blood, I am a work in progress. Yes, when Jesus comes into my heart and life things will change. But, everyday I will battle the flesh, I will always have areas in my life that need to change, and lessons I must learn. Until God calls me home I am God’s piece of clay and God is the potter. God continues to shape us, mold us, and make us into what He has called us to become. “We are God’s workmanship”..
#4: God’s in charge of the Report Card
Too often we are living to please the wrong audience. We follow the crowds by allowing the crowds around us to determine what is right, wrong, and acceptable in our lives. Yet, at the end of this life only what God thinks will matter. And, what God thinks about us, this life and the life to come can be found in God’s word which is our standard for living a life that matters. “Each of us will give account of ourselves to God.” Not only is it impossible to please everyone around us, but the people around you aren’t your God, your judge, or the ones who will give you your report card when this life comes to an end.
#5: You will die
Death is certain.We would all like to live forever. We wish death didn’t come to all ages and all people, but it does. Don’t wait to be told that you are dying before you start living like you’re dying. Life is short, death is certain, but your appointment to meet your maker is unknown to us. Live like your dying. Make sure that you are prepared to die shoudl that time come much sooner than expected. Live with eternity in mind so that your days on earth might be full and your reward in Heaven might be great. No, you can’t earn your way into Heaven. But, every second of your life is precious and what you do this side of eternity does matter. “It is a appointed unto man once to die and then the judgement.”
Well, these were just some truths found in God’s word that were running through my mind. Hope they renew your perspective, strenghten your faith, and help you live life to its fullest.