A challenge to dig deeper – what are you living for? Part 1

I’m devastated for the condition of the world and my own nation right now. It’s shocking, it’s horrific, it’s tragic. And yet it also fires me up to be as serious about my faith as ever, because I believe every word of the Bible is true. And I believe it changes everything. It changes the way we live now, and it changes the way we hope for the future. 

There is so much going on and so much mixed information available. It’s stressful, it’s confusing, it’s frustrating. But one thing I know – there is a truth that has always stood firm. The world was made through him, by him and for him – and His name is Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life. And he is the hope of the world. He took our place on Calvary and gives us the opportunity to be made right with a Holy and Just God. Not because of anything we do, but because of everything he has done.

This Gospel still stands. The Word of God still stands, and the great commission still stands. 

These things are all still true, and they have been so anchoring for me lately because I have found myself spinning in the chaos of the world. I’ve found myself talking more about politics than about Jesus. I have found myself praying more for safety and health than for salvation and sanctification. And worst of all, I have found myself replacing worship of the God I love with worship of my own thoughts and opinions. 

A time will come when we will lose everything here. But if the Bible is true, then there is something that will last forever. One name that will endure for all time: Jesus. Again and again and again, it is all about Him

He is the Almighty God, the One who created the universe and who is Sovereign over all things, and He is also the one who calls us friend. The one who welcomes us into his family. The one who stepped out of heaven to take the punishment that we deserve. And He is the one who is joyful to crown us with the eternal inheritance he earned by his own righteousness. 

Jesus is all that will matter in the end. Do we know Him? Do we choose to stand in him, covered by his life and sacrifice, or do we choose to stand on our own? 

He promises that one day the tears of the redeemed will be wiped away and death and crying will be no more. He promises an eternity that will be so infinitely better than we can imagine, because He is so infinitely better than we can imagine. But for those who chose to stand apart – there will be a wrath, and there will be a fire of judgement. And there will be a final separation. 

Who we belong to matters. How we live matters. And if everything we give our lives over to now dies with us, then what are we doing? This world is not our final destiny. And this is not the time for any of us to be casual about what we believe. 

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“But what about you?” (Jesus) asked. “Who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15).

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. – Jim Elliot

I believe the greatest form of tragedy is going to be some people that are successful in everything that doesn’t matter. – Tim Tebow

That’s my king

Read: Luke 7:36-50
What are you pouring your life out on? 

Related: Why should we know God?
Do you know who you serve?

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