Living Every Day with God
How is the discovery of your life purpose going?
God’s Word says that our purpose is to become more Christ like.
For we are God’s (own) handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live).
How differently would your life look if you were kinder? Gentler? Of service more often? Offered value wherever you could? Volunteered? Gave of yourself more to others? Let someone else have the parking space you were so determined to conquer? Secretly surprised someone with a cup of coffee or lunch? Where your pride took a back seat to your humility? I know! So many questions! When I asked God for guidance in writing this week’s blog, He delivered these questions to me. What if we embraced His Word and declared our life purpose to live our life to be more like Christ? How more beautiful, graceful, loving and peaceful could our life be? God’s Word declares it. There are many scriptures that lead us to living more Christ like. In last week’s blog we chatted about the importance of diving into God’s Word as the place to find your purpose. Here are just a few passages that highlight what living more like Christ looks like in our every day living.
Philippians 2: 1-11
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …
What does Paul mean here? Our “flesh” wants to shout me, me, me, me, me. Some say that today’s younger generation is a “me” society. Yet this passage encourages us to be of the same humble mind Jesus exhibited. To think of others; to be concerned with others interests and to never come from a place of conceit. Ask yourself, is this me? I often check myself whether I am being humble or bragging about myself or my accomplishments. Being in a competitive environment of bodybuilding, powerlifting and CrossFit daily, being humble was tough! I asked God for help with humility because I really struggled with being and acting humble. I was wrapped up in a cycle of comparison and I didn’t like how it made me feel. I started resenting workouts rather than looking forward to them and I found myself being more competitive and less encouraging of others. For me personally, it wasn’t a good feeling. I’m not perfect! I’m not always humble! However, I make it a daily focus of mine.
Do not judge and criticize and condemn (others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge), so that you will not be judged (unfairly). For just as you (hypocritically) judge others (when you are sinful and unrepentant), so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure (used to pass out judgment), judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the (insignificant) speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the (egregious) log that is in your own eye?….
Forgo judgement on your brothers and sisters! We are full of imperfections. Just because my imperfections do not match yours, does not mean it is ok for me to judge you. We are imperfect. Verse 1 highlights that what we reap we sow. When I judge someone I ask myself “Am I reaping or am I sowing?” Ask yourself that question the next time you find yourself judging someone!
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thank God in everything no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks, for this is the will of God for you who are in Christ Jesus.
The other day I heard something that had a real impact on me. God allows us to go through suffering so that we can use our experiences and share with others who in the future will go through the same struggles. I am so grateful for my valleys. God not only takes me through them, He makes me stronger, more loving and brings me closer to Him. It’s a blessing that I can be the support system for someone else going through the same or similar experiences.
Thank you for taking the time to read Everyday Living with God. Enjoy diving into God’s Word and discovering your purpose!
Lots of Love,