2008-10-17 - Living 24:7
There are two basic philosophies on how to live your life. A lot of people have a live for the moment kind of mentality. This mentality would be the first philosophy - a philosophy based on serving yourself. It represents a life that is lived for yourself and for all that you can get out of life. However, Scriptures offer another way.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. This second way is a life lived by faith for God.
There are many differences between these two ways. I'll pause for a moment just to rattle off a few but you may want to spend a while thinking about this as well.
Nothing I've listed really makes living for the moment sound that bad so why is it important to live for God? Why should we care to live for Christ all the time? Jesus tells us in John 10:10, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Living for God gives us this life - the abundant life that Jesus is talking about.
You may notice that I have "twenty-four colon seven" in my list of things living for God. It's because I have found four verses that all have this number in common that I think form good principles to live our life by. I hope over the next few weeks you will pay attention to these four points. I do want to point out that we must live in the moment but I submit to you that living for the moment is not the better way.
It's impossible for a worthwhile thought to enter your mind through an open mouth so I hope you will set aside distractions and seriously consider these concepts each week.
Until next time.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted