“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
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Life happens. It’s happening all around. You can sit on the sidelines or you can jump in. Either way, life is going to happen. If you’re in it, you need to be in it to win it. That means truly participating. Observe, analyze, contemplate, act. Make up your mind to commit to wisdom and excellence in your life. Recognize it’s about time, which means time is of the essence. That means make every moment count because simply stated, we don’t have time to waste. You’ve heard the saying “here today gone tomorrow”? The real is “here today, gone today”. As you can tell by the news, tomorrow is not promised. That makes today prime and tomorrow premium. Time is more valuable than cash. It’s currency. It’s fluid. It’s limited. So don’t waste it. Pursue your passion. Press to be blessed. Position yourself to live the good life by living your dream. Despite what’s being reported, you’re newsworthy. You’re noteworthy. God created you to change the world, moments and minds at a time.
Love. Create. Inspire. Encourage. Influence. Transform.
It all begins with you. You can change the world.
“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Romans 13:9
When we consider what the Bible teaches about loving our neighbor as we love ourselves, we see that all of God’s will can be fulfilled in that one simple rule. If we love our neighbor, we will not commit adultery, we will not kill, we will not steal, we will not gossip, we will not lie, we will not judge, and we will not hate. Often times we lose sight of how easily we can fulfill most of what God commands us to do, if we just love each other.
“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2
As followers of Christ we sometimes forget that we were all once unsaved sinners. Because of that, we sometimes begin to judge others. This verse reminds us that God will judge us the same way that we judge others. Let’s remember this basic concept that Jesus taught. When we judge others, we only bring judgement on ourselves.
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11
Today’s words of inspiration were inspired by the Enkindle Evangelists’ skit, A Note To My Younger Self.
As we grow, we learn from our experiences, successes, and mistakes. The same applies to our spiritual journey. How many times have you reacted in a childish way to a situation? You know, posting your business on Facebook, Twitter, etc. The adult thing to do is to take up your problems with whoever you have a problem with. In fact, it is the Bible that tells us how to handle our problems as adults:
“Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.” – Matthew 18:15
We are supposed to learn and grow in our spiritual walk, otherwise, we remain children in the Word. Our theme this year is “ELEVATE”, which means going above and beyond where we were last year. Let’s make it an effort in 2014 to be wiser, put away childish things, and grow older in Christ.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” – Ephesians 2:8
The short definition of grace is: getting what we don’t deserve. It is through the grace of Jesus Christ that we have been offered the precious gift of salvation.
Remember: Salvation isn’t about what you do. It’s about who you know. We can’t earn our way into heaven, it is a gift that we have been freely given.
Let’s all take a few moments out of our day and praise God for salvation.