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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

This One Day

When I was young, my mother used to watch the soap opera, "The Days of Our Lives." It opened up with the sand flowing through an hourglass saying, "Like sands in an hourglass, so are the days of our lives." It suggested that we have a life to live, and it is being used up day by day, implying that we need to be careful how we use it. Atleast that's what I got out of it.
Being committed to Jesus Christ, puts a whole new emphasis on how we live our lives, especially since we have given it to him. We want to know if we're doing God's will, if, in fact, we are fulfilling our "purpose; our destiny." But there's a problem with being on a need to know basis. When we want to "be sure," it can become a worry, leading to fear or even torment. The enemy can belabor us by having to know, causing us to strive in fulfilling what we think that purpose is, all the while, we're using up our lives thinking we're doing God's will. Or we can always wonder if what we're doing with our lives is the right thing or not. How can we know? We could just be "spinning our wheels," trying this or that in an attempt to find out. And on the treadmill of "God's will" we go.
Consider with me our high-calling according to God's Word:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to HIS PURPOSE. (emphasis mine) For those God foreknew he also predestined to be CONFORMED TO THE LIKENESS OF HIS SON, (emphasis mine) that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." Romans. 8: 28, 29.
If we just look at"this one day" as our present life to live, and look for opportunities to "deny ourselves", then we will be in God's will, and be conformed into His likeness. We won't have to doubt or wonder anymore if how we're choosing to spend our life is valid or if it counts. The peace that will come in his service as we "lose our lives" will verify it. As Jesus says we will have gained our life, because service to others as we deny ourselves is abundant living indeed. The form our life takes will be just as unique as we are, but if we allow Him to fulfil His purpose through us, it will be in service to others, as we prefer them over ourselves.
P.S.-I am just beginning to learn this. I'm just into the second day, in fact, so I am a novice at moving toward selflessness, and it takes the power of the Spirit to get me to the place where I could even hear Him. And it will take that same power to keep me going in that direction, one step at a time. It takes a lot of courage to die, and He even will provide that. In us there is no good thing, but in Him is power to overcome all, even our flesh. And He wants to, and He will as we submit unto Him this one day. Then when we see Him in the clouds on that One Day, we will not be ashamed at His appearing.


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