Remember Why You Left

1 Peter 1:17-19 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

A Christian is someone who has given up on this world.  They no longer hold on to any comfort or peace that they used to derive from the physical elements that would occupy their time, money, and affection.  All of the things on earth that used to give them a “warm fuzzy” have lost their appeal.

Why?  Because it is all going down in flames!  We who are called Christians now live with a healthy fear of God because we have come to believe that He is going to hold people accountable for their lives–for the decisions that they made on this earth.  This is why we forget this world because it has only brought us judgment. The only thing that remains is the love of God that we know of because it was revealed when Jesus came.  We who love God love Jesus because Jesus is His perfect representation–this is why He called Him His Son.

So, today, like Paul, consider everything that is a part of this temporary life to be as worthless in view of the surpassing value of getting to know who Jesus is.  Every thing you try to do to improve your life today must be filtered through the blood of Jesus.  We can make our lives all nice and neat and achieve great things for ourselves and our communities that mean nothing in light of eternity.  Our priorities, goals, and decisions today must be set and made in light of the fact that only the eternal will remain.  Therefore, cut away anything in your life that does not glorify God.  Restructure any passion or goal that is out of alignment because it does not have Jesus at the top of it.  We can be tricked into thinking that there are pieces of our lives that God does not care if we do on our own.  This is a lie!  Every single second of our day can and should be committed to Jesus.  We should desire above all else to be molded and crafted into the image of God–to look like Jesus.

May your day be blessed and may you live in victory today as you shed the impulses you have to satisfy your temporary urges.   I pray today that you will live out the will of God by first and foremost giving up your will to live the way that you always have and to instead live a life totally focused on the eternal relationship you will have with Jesus.

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