Building My Life

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At some point in life, everyone questions what he is doing and what he is going to do next. This is especially true with Christians. When someone becomes a member of the church, they have to make a life change (Colossians 3:1-3). We cannot hold on to the old life that we were living, but we are instead to be more like God. Paul told the church in Rome not to be conformed to the world, but to be transformed into a life that follows Christ (Romans 12:1-2). We must not think that just any way of living is okay. James tells us that friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). If we continue to live the way the world lives, we oppose or reject God (Romans 8:9). We can sit in the pews all day long, but if we do not model our lives after Him, the pews won’t save us. A worldly lifestyle affects the very core of who we are, and if we allow it to continue, there can be no coexistence between the two. Jesus himself said that we cannot serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). We cannot hold on to the world and expect to be with God. If someone from the world came to services with us every Sunday and Wednesday, but throughout the week continued to live a worldly life, we would not say that he is saved. Coming to worship is a start, but it is not the final destination. Likewise, if we live like the world throughout the week, but “come to church” on Sunday and Wednesday, we still are not living for God. If you tell someone you love them two days out of the week but don’t talk to them at all the rest of the week, we would not think that this statement is genuine. God should be the focus of our lives, and He deserves far more than we could ever give Him. He has given us the greatest gift, but we don’t seem to think it is that big of a deal. We have heard the “stories” in Bible class and listened to the preacher tell us about Jesus’ death, but we must realize how real and amazing this truly is. We will never have a complete life if we do not live our lives for Christ. Our lives are very short and precious things, and we must take our responsibility to God seriously (James 4:14; Hebrew 9:27). God loved us so much that he gave his Son for us (John 3:16). We must reciprocate that love to God and to others (1 John 4:19).

If you ever wonder how Christians seem so happy, maybe you should take a closer look at their lives. A true Christian has a happiness that cannot be touched, but someone who lives his life for the world cannot have lasting happiness. Popularity, Hollywood, Washington, etc., could never bring lasting happiness, but the Lord can give us eternal happiness in heaven. I know it may seem impossible for this to be true, and we often think that the world can give us something faster and more appealing. But how many times have we thought that if we got the next big movie, got that certain item of clothing, or made that friend, we would be happy? It never lasts! That movie will lose its popularity, that item of clothing will go out of style, and that friend may stop being a friend. The truth is, this world is temporary (Matthew 6:19). A life lived only in the moment, is no life at all. God gives us an eternal gift and lasting happiness, but we have to put Him first. Let’s listen to the One who can truly make us happy and build our lives on His foundation.