A Beautiful Life

How do the people around you know that you follow Christ?

Is it because of the way you love them, have generosity towards them, and encourage them? Because of your grace and forgiveness towards them, and the way that you relentlessly believe in them? Or is it because you just simply tell them?

Read Chapter 8 of 1 Corinthians in your Bible, where Paul is warning the more mature believers to be cautious of the way they live in order to prevent the non-believers and new believers from stumbling. He stresses the importance of not becoming a stumbling block to others, as you are then sinning against Christ. In this chapter, Paul wants us to realize that the way we live as Christians is not only impactful, but crucial in other people’s faith and walk with the Lord.

If you never told anyone that you were a Christian, would they still notice something different about you? Would they wonder how you had peace in the midst of trial or kindness towards those who have hurt you?

Today, aim to get people wondering about you. Shine the light that following Christ has placed inside of you, and watch as people are drawn towards you. As believers, we have been given a great responsibility and influence over our world. Use this influence, and He will use your life as an example of His love. A beautiful life is the sign of a life full of Christ.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Fiercely Sprinting

Think of your life as a race. At the finish line is eternity in Heaven with your Creator. A perfect existence lacking in all evil and abounding in all good. A place where you will no longer have to thirst or hunger for anything to keep yourself running, because all will be fulfilled. But until then, the One who sits at the finish line has promised to provide you with all that you need to make it to Him. He has told you that He will feed your hunger when you seek Him out and quench your thirst when you ask Him to.

Are still you wandering around the path trying to find your own ways to satisfy what you need? Or are you experiencing the true fullness of His promises? And are your eyes fixed on the race, or on the glorious finish ahead?  

It is time to realize that you couldn’t be running this race without Him. That you are running to get to the end, because there is nothing greater than being in the full glory of the One who saved you. Chase after Him and let Him satisfy everything you need along the way, because what the world needs is people who are fixed on and passionate about Christ. People who get goosebumps when they think of Him, who chase after Him relentlessly, and who will never be satisfied until they see Him face to face. People with an unquenchable thirst for His Word, a hunger for His knowledge and a fire for His love. Those who know what is to come, and can’t stop praising Him for it. We don’t need any more believers who merely believe, but instead absolutely burn for Him.

Fiercely sprint to get closer to your Creator, and watch the world be changed by believers who refuse to merely believe.

1 Corinthians 9:24

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Give Me Jesus

I need Him.

I need Him because I am tangled up in this world. I need Him because I am out for my own selfish gain. I need Him because I’m insecure. Because I’m prideful. Because I’m a liar. Because my sin is ugly.

I need Him because I know I am broken, but still I long for beauty.

And oh how beautiful Christ is! How precious are the quiet moments with Him where my silent prayers are heard. How tender are the tear-filled nights with Him when He wraps His arms around me. How invigorating are the bold prayers of faith prayed by His children. How full of hope I am when His strength is displayed in my life. And oh, the peace that invades my heart when I hear the words, “it is finished.”

I want Him.

I want Him because He wanted me. I want Him because I want a life that matters, a life that is truly intoxicating. Because I can’t do it on my own. Because I don’t need to.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Abounding In Light

Jesus.

Blameless. Sinless. Glorious.

Picture Him walking through the streets: heads turning, knees bowing, eyes wide open in admiration.

Jesus.

Pure love. Pure truth. Pure light.

Our Jesus was one of a kind. He embodied a light that can never be duplicated, one that will never dim. He showed the love of God to a world that was so desperately in need of it. As He came to be the light of the world, to take a world so covered in darkness and give it hope, now we are called to do the same (Matthew 5:13-16).

How are you responding to this call?

The truth is, His calling on your life remains, whether you ever take Him up on them or not. We are consistently given the opportunity to show our broken world the radiance that is Christ. My challenge to you today is to take Him up on it. We need to long for an existence that is so focused on God that others can’t help but to see Him in us. Give everybody you meet an encounter with Jesus, and watch as His Spirit sets in all around. Deny yourself of any yearning for your own glory, and you’ll be creating space for the Lord to work.

Jesus was incredibly kind (Matthew 19:14), loving (John 10:10) and humble (John 14:28). Begin to intentionally show kindness to all, extend love at every opportunity, and constantly renew your mind back to the fact that it is all for the Father’s glory, because He is much greater than you, even on your best day.

Now picture yourself walking through the streets: heads turning, knees bowing, eyes wide open in admiration. Praises rising, all people giving thanks to the one true Lord; our gracious Father, abounding in light.

Long for that, because He is more than worthy.

John 8:12

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”