Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What Does Your Life Consist Of?

By Andrea Merrell

It was a fierce competition. A cat-and-mouse game of who had the most toys. But the players were not kids, and they were living a shallow existence at best.

Too many people reach for success and happiness by having the biggest house, the newest and fastest car with all the bells and whistles, and a plethora of material possessions. But when they get what they’re after, are they really happy? Do all those things make their life meaningful?

The Bible says a man’s life does not consist of the things he possesses (Luke 12:15). The Message puts it this way: Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.

In other words, it’s not what we have or own that makes us who we are. Rather, it is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27 KJV).

Paul said, I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

What matters most and makes our life truly meaningful is allowing Christ Jesus to live in and through us. As we become more Christlike, we take on His attributes by developing the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). We adopt the attitude that our life is not about us but all about Him.

God is certainly not opposed to us having nice possessions, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18). In fact, He promises to bless us beyond measure when we trust and follow Him. Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 2). 

His desire is that we find our true selves and the meaning of life “in Him.”

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