As Christians who believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and made us Righteous in Him, “How then shall we live?” Do we just kick back and relax and enjoy life waiting to be ushered into our new Heavenly Home? Absolutely not! Don’t you know that though there is reserved for us an eternity living with our Heavenly Father, that He now requires us to live for Him in this life? He gave us His Holy Spirit the moment we believed His Good News, and through His Spirit we have been ‘born again’ as spiritual children of God. One of the marks of true children of God is their desire to please Him in everything they do. Only a true child of God can say with sincerity, ‘Yes, I want to please God and glorify Him with my life!’ and that is primarily what He asks of us … what He has already given us the desire and ability to do by His Spirit!
Now don’t get me wrong. I am NOT saying we cannot enter God’s Heaven unless we please and glorify Him with our lives. Entrance into Heaven is by God’s Grace and Faith in Christ alone! But the Faith that grants us entrance into Heaven is Faith that results in a Love for God and a desire to please Him in all we do! Do you understand what I am saying? It is one thing to say, ‘Yes, I believe’ but a completely different thing to say, ‘Yes, I believe, and I’ll show you I believe by how I live!’ That’s the kind of Faith God has placed in the hearts of His children. So what should we do?
‘Love the Lord Your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your mind.’
Matthew 22:37 NIV
Did you notice the word ‘all’? When you love God with ALL your heart, soul and mind, there can be no place left for anything else. God must become our everything! But is He? Or do we love other things or persons besides, above or before the Lord? Now I’m not saying we cannot love other people … which will be addressed in the next section, but that love must always be in accordance with our love for God, not apart from it. Is God number One in our lives? Have we given Him preeminence in all we love, in all we believe and in all we do? That’s our primary task, the main thing we must do. And as someone wisely said, ‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!’ Simple, huh? But not always easy! It takes constant vigilance, for our enemies: the devil, the world and our sinful desires wage war against us and always seek to displace God as the object of our Love. We must be ever vigilant and persevere to Love our God foremost and to the utmost!
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Another way of expressing this is the Golden Rule: ‘Do to others what you would have them do to you.’ We all know how we want to be treated, don’t we? Then treat others in that same manner! So easy, and yet so difficult, for there still lies within .. selfishness, but if you are God’s Child, there is also within the God given desire to do good to everyone. Identify that desire within you and allow it to live through you so that your ‘neighbor’ and ‘others’ will say of you, ‘Now there goes a ‘loving’ person!’
"It is possible to be seen as very successful
in the eyes of the world,
but a complete failure in the eyes of God."
God is not impressed by our status, our degrees, our possessions or our bank accounts, but He is impressed when we trust Him and love Him, and care for those near to us!
‘Calculate the Cost.’