When many of us grew up, we were taught to finish school, get a good job, stay out of trouble and save some money for a “rainy day.” Much, if not all of these aspects are important to the success of each individual. However, many of us have accomplished this list and are still not really “living!” So, what does it mean to “Live?” Is it having more money? Is it maintaining good health? Is it taking on more titles, more jobs, traveling or even being recognized by others as a great success? Are the things I just mentioned really the base-level components of “Living?” If so, then we have our priorities thoroughly confused and misplaced at best! Listen, there is much more to life than working hard every day, having a great secular title or even being the most recognized socially.
In Philippians 1:21, the Apostle Paul says, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain!” What Paul wants us to realize is that everything he has tried to be; everything he is; and everything he looked forward to becoming, pointed in one direction and that’s Jesus Christ. Yes, you guessed it correctly. You’re not living unless your life isfocused on, lined up, and pointed towards Christ. Who cares that you have a title? Instead, focus on a testimony. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot of wealth. Instead, focus on wisdom. If you really want to “live,” then get busy dying. That’s right. I said it, “Get busy dying!” Focus on dying to the flesh so that your faith will increase. Focus on serving others and spiritual fulfillment will come your way. Take a chance today on pointing your life exclusively towards the cross and the resurrection power of Jesus Christ. So, you if you want to know if you are alive and well, then see what this anonymous author had to say in this poem:
“There was a very cautious man who never laughed or played. He never risked, he never tried, and he never sang or prayed. And when he one day passed away, his life insurance was denied; for since he never really lived, they claimed he never really died!”
Are you really living???? Think on these things….
A Heart of Love,
“Impacting Lives for the Cause of Christ!”