Sunday, July 31, 2016

Our Life's Mission Is To Seek Godliness #JesusFollowers

Jesus does not tell us that our lives are to be wasted simply waiting for death, but he instead clearly says what all God's prophets had said: that we are to fill our lives with righteous action.

And Jesus tells and shows us that our lives are an opportunity to make the world a better place, a chance to bring the Kingdom of God into this world by our righteous acts, done with humility. (Matt. 4:17; 5:16; 6:1; 6:10)

We aren't called by Jesus to judge others' lives, and how they respond to the opportunity Jesus offers us. (Luke 6:37; Isaiah 33:22)

Nor should we arrogantly judge ourselves worthy of eternity with God based on our works, or even our vain words or confessions. It is God alone who judges us all. We are called to simply act, and praise God for the life we have been given in which to act.

The world is God's, and all that is in it (Psalm 24:1) and we were created in God's image, being, therefore, a reflection of the divine. (Gen. 9:6) So, we are called by Jesus to mirror God's holiness in all that we do. "Be holy, for I am holy," says God in Leviticus. (19:2)

God calls us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. This is God's challenge to show to others all the love God shows to others. (Matt. 22:37-39; Deut. 6:5)

We are called upon to be merciful and compassionate, just as God is, (Luke 6:36) and to grow into perfect maturity, just as God is perfectly mature in His ways. We must be forgiving of others, says Jesus, if we expect God's forgiveness. (Matt. 7:14-15)

Jesus himself showed that this is possible, doing all the things that God told him to do, and becoming a perfect reflection of how God wishes us to live. (John 8:29; 14:31) Jesus was the man chosen and anointed by God to show us the way of God, and to be our perfect example and pattern of what God wants us to become. (Luke 4:18; John 13:15)

Let's commit ourselves to walk along a Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35:8) doing all we can to seek to follow the path Jesus set for us to walk in his steps.

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