What are you living for?

Pastor Don Satterwhite - Calvary Baptist Church, Sedalia

Pastor Don Satterwhite

Calvary Baptist Church, Sedalia

Have you ever thought about what life is all about? Some people seem to just exist, to go through the motions of life. Some are just trying to survive, doing all they can to get their head above water. Why has God placed us on planet earth? Why are you here?

I believe God clearly states why He made us and what He expects of us. Jesus said in John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy but I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”

It is God’s desire first that we have eternal life and that comes by placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as the one who died to pay for all of our sins. Jesus said it himself in John 6:47 “I tell you the truth he who believes in me has everlasting life.” Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life and all that come to the Father (God) must come by me.” First and foremost we are to have a relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s not about a religion but a relationship.

Then we need to ask ourselves once we have trusted Jesus Christ, “what are we doing on earth for heaven’s sake?” Paul the Apostle put it like this in his letter to the Philippians, “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Everything worth living for can be summed up in two words: Jesus Christ. All who know Christ need to live their lives in such a way to bring glory to Christ. How do we glorify Him?

God says in His word, I Corinthians 10:31 “… whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” That means that God is concerned about the details of our lives. We will bring glory to Him when we live every moment of every day to bring Him glory. Think about your life and what your actions say to those around you. Jesus gave these words in the Sermon on the Mount, “… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16.

When Jesus was preparing His disciples for His departure, He spoke with them about how they should live. In John, chapter 15, He told them that “I am the vine and you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5 He was basically saying that apart from spending time in His presence and depending on Him we would not accomplish that which would bring glory to Him. In this same chapter He said “If you remain in Me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:7 & 8.

So the question to ask is, “in what way are you bringing glory to God?” Are you living a lifestyle that attracts people to the Savior or detracts them? In Philippians 1:27 Paul admonished the believers, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel.”

We should live our lives in such a way that when people discover we are believers in Jesus Christ they won’t be surprised.

I want to encourage you in closing this column to examine yourselves and ask the question, have I trusted in Christ alone as the one who paid the complete death payment for my sin and then rose again? If you haven’t trusted Christ, do so today by communicating with God that you are willing to turn from your sin and self and trust Christ alone to save you. If you know that you belong to the Lord Jesus Christ are you living your life to bring honor and glory to Him?

If you don’t have a church home where you can glorify God I want to invite you to Calvary Baptist Church, 1015 W. 16th St. in Sedalia. We meet at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays and again at 6 p.m. every Wednesday. You can check us out and view our Sunday services online at www.calvarybaptistsedalia.org.

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