Living a Life Worthy

I Corinthians 1: 10 – 12, “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

I am sitting here at my trusty computer and it’s snowing outside, which seems to be a more than normal occurrence these days, but I’m also listening to the radio at the same time and the announcer is talking about “spring” training beginning for the Detroit Tigers. Bottom line I have just plain had enough of winter and I am really, …, really ready for spring.  But on the other hand I also realize that spring will not come in the form of 80 degree days beginning next week, or even on the first chronological day of spring, March 21.  No, it will happen gradually, over a period of time, with temperatures improving slowly until all of a sudden we realize there can be no more snow  (in Michigan that could be in July), only rain and sunshine.  So, I have to be patient, and wait.  But, I know that my patience, although somewhat chronologically forced will be rewarded by the warming sun and slow, moderate breezes of spring and eventually summer.  Ahhh, life will be warm and wonderful and all is good.  So, I am patient and I wait for spring, and warmer weather to come.

I reference all of this because it’s important that we realize that God operates much the same as the seasons, except rather than having His will chronologically forced upon us, we have options to choose, at any time we wish,… , to be patient or to be impatient, to choose Him or choose the world. It’s our free will and our choice.

When we become a Christian we spiritually feel great things and experience the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit alive within us. Remember those stirrings?  But time begins to take its toll and soon we begin to wonder why our prayers are not being answered or why the desires of our hearts are not being made available to us.  It’s easy to become frustrated and even anxious thinking our prayers have gone unanswered, our perceived needs unmet.  Enter Satan and his dominion to distort the truth and reinforce our fears, driving us even further from our Father and His provision.  We become even more discouraged and even more fearful for the future, eventually abandoning our trust in God Himself.

Jesus came to this world to not necessarily accommodate our wants and desires but to do the Will of His Father. This typified His life, and His heart’s desires, e.g., living every day of His life to fulfill the Will of His Father.  As tough as it may seem this is a lesson we as Christians must learn as well, that our life as  Christians is not for our convenience or even our comfort.  Rather life as a Christian is for the glory of God, e.g., Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  It’s not about us, it is about Him, …, always and forever more.  But still we ask, “Well what about my needs and the things like to do?  Am I forever going to be without the niceties of this life?”  I answer you, “No, not at all.”

Psalms 145:12 – 16 tells us, “ The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.” (emphasis added). Our needs will be met and the desires of our heart will be given.  That’s God’s promise and His guarantee to each and every one of us.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we accept His will, which is the will of His Father, and our Father.  Accordingly we desire His will for our lives, foregoing our own will.  It’s His glory which becomes our priority, and His glory which becomes the desire of our heart.  But this is the part which everyone will appreciate, so spare me just a few more moments as I bring this article to closure.  

When Jesus Christ is glorified in our lives, by who we are, by what we do, by the very significance of our faith, we, …, we receive all the blessing.  Christ is glorified, we are blessed.  What more could we ask for?  God the Father is glorified through His Son’s presence in our lives and we receive the ultimate benefit, His blessing.  Luke 19:38 tells us, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord.  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” (emphasis added). Amen!!

If we truly feel that our Father no longer listens to our prayers, no longer accepts us because of our past (or our present), it could be because our hearts are properly focused on our Father’s will, that we’re asking out of personal gain and not God’s glory, or we are asking and being far too impatient.

I truly believe we can find Christian reason and purpose in every day of our lives, whether serving our Lord to others around us, displaying our faith boldly, or in our own personal growth, or both. But we must learn to trust our Father, understanding that He only wishes good for each and every one of those who call upon the name of His Son Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:38).  We simply need to understand the concept of patience, and then practice that concept in every aspect of our lives.  Ecclesiastes 7: 8 tells us, “The end of a matter is better than it’s beginning, and patience is better than pride.”  Therefore, especially during this season of the Resurrection, let us be patient, waiting upon the Lord, glorifying Him in every aspect of our lives.  I guarantee He will fulfill not only all your needs, but the desires of your hearts as well. 

See you on Sunday!!

Pastor Dave