Saturday, November 1, 2014

"The Life of Our Lives"

"The Life of Our Lives"

      The only One believers cannot live without, we can never lose.  

     "He is thy life...I am with you always… I will never leave thee nor forsake thee" (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 30:20).

     Our Lord made us to His "habitation... through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22).  When we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, receiving His free gift of salvation, we enter into the reality that alone fulfills the purpose of our existence.  No one other than God can serve as the Life of our lives, and He alone must be viewed as indispensable to our well being in both time and eternity.  Moreover, only the Lord can and will be with us always, providing yet more cause to direct our hearts to the only One we cannot live without, and the only One we cannot lose.

    When we build the altar within our hearts whereupon we sacrifice all other indispensibilities, a great peace graces our hearts.  This particularly involves people.  No longer must we view others as the basis for our fulfillment and happiness, a terrible burden we are all tempted to place on one another.  Certainly, our loved ones frequently serve as the means through which God administers His joy and peace.  They are not and cannot be the source of rest and contentment, however.  "To live is Christ" declared the Apostle Paul (Philippians 1:21).  This excludes all others, including things and people, from the possibility of serving as the Life of our lives.  Thus, we find ourselves enabled to more consistently fulfill the two great commands of Scripture - loving God and loving others - because we view both in the light of Truth (Matthew 22:37-39).  Our Heavenly Father is up to the task of serving as the fulfillment of our hearts.  People are not.  No truth, received and embraced, more blesses our hearts with peace, and then makes possible our blessing others with the same grace whereby we stop making demands of other human beings they cannot possibly fulfill.

    Much arises to counter this truth when we build the aforementioned altar of heart.  Thus, we visit the place of sacrifice often to remember and affirm that the only One we cannot live without, we can never lose.  Our blessed Lord made us for such "hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).  He loves to serve as the Life of our lives, and calls us to love this gift that came to us at the terrible cost and sacrifice of His Son's own life.  Let us be sure we have built the altar, and let us visit it often...

"Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation."
(Psalm 35:3)

Weekly Memory Verse
   Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous.  Nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
(Hebrews 12:11).

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