2020-01-31 - Living 24:7
Originally Published 2008-10-17
Living 24:7 Series ~ Introduction
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 (KJV) - 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.
- Moment-living seeks pleasure. It is all about what makes me happy right now. God-living seeks fulfillment. It is recognizing that God in your life fills a void nothing else can.
- Moment-living is short-term. What makes me happy right now may not be what's best for me in the long run. God-living is long-term. I have heard it said before that seeking to live for God doesn't pay well but has an out-of-this-world retirement plan.
- Living for the now is temporary, since the now is always replaced by a new now. Living for God is based on timeless, eternal principles that have never changed. These basics are the Great Commandments and the Great Commission: Love God, love others as yourself, and tell the world about God.
- Living for the moment is self-serving, for the most part. Living for God is all about putting others first. A long time ago, I learned a little acronym that represents the order of concern in this type of lifestyle: JOY - Jesus, Others, and then Yourself. It's JOY rather than "Me, Myself, and I."
- Living life for the moment gives no thought for the consequences. Living for the Lord looks forward to the eventual rewards.
- Living for self is a 24:7 job. Living for God is also a 24:7 job.
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 (KJV), "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 about 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.
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