My, Devotion to Him #300
Living for Christ part 3 is our series’s final part.
Before we begin, let’s hit the prior principles that we’ve covered so far.
- Trust and acknowledge Him
- A willing heart
- Recognizing God’s Grace
- Understand Christ is the source
- Recognize that God has a purpose for you
- Obedience brings blessings
In this final message on this series, we will cover 4 more principles. Let’s begin.
7. Seek the Will of the Lord.
Verse Passage: Psalm 27:11-14 “Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” – NIV
Verse Passage: Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – NIV
Do not try and do your own thing. What you think is best or what you believe the Lord would like you to do. Instead, wait for the Lord. Linger for Him to show you. Seek Him out and wait for His voice. So many times, not only throughout life but also in the Bible, we can see people who did not wait, they rushed into a situation, and everything fell apart. There are things that God wants you to have and things He wants you to do. But we just need to wait on Him. When we rush and try to do it our way or what we think God wants, we will always find the result not as rewarding or disappointing. I’m at fault for this very thing. So many times, I’ve tried doing something the way I think it should be done or how I believe God would want me to do it, and every single time the outcome was not how I assumed it would be. I knew I had hurried into something and had not waited for God to give the instruction.
We will all save time, energy, and disappointment if we wait for Him to release us.
8. God refines by fire.
Verse Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – NIV
Living for Christ does not preclude us from trouble. However, what awaits us in heaven far outweighs anything and everything we could face here on earth. Do not be disheartened and unnerved when the water gets choppy. Each time I’ve reached the other side of rough terrain, I’m in awe all Him. Throughout all the struggles, I’ve seen Him time and time again. Be faithful and firm in Him and believe He will bring you through what you are facing today. Give praise and worship for who He is and all that He does. Let your rough times purify you for a more profound relationship with Him. Let these times scrap away at things that need changing in your life, and when you reach that other side, you can see old roots pulled, dead branches pruned, and sharp edges smoothed out.
9. A Persistent Mind
Verse Passage: Luke 18:1-8 “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” – ESV
Verse Passage: Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” – ESV
Verse Passage: Proverbs 24:16 “for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” – ESV
Verse Passage: 1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!” – ESV
We are called to have a spirit of persistence.
Definition: firm continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
Living for Christ is a life of constant pursuit. A life that involves difficulty and even opposition. But the Lord promises that those who continue onward will see a reward. Those that do not give up the race or bow in defeat will indeed have the favor of God. Do not give up now! You’ve come too far to stop. The reward will be yours. Seek the Lord in all things and let Him bestow strength and restoration as you continue. This is the life we’ve been called to. I know we had hoped for just the garden of Eden and all its perfection, a life that was blessed without trials and rich without battles. Remember that even though there will be tough times, you are not alone in the storm. Christ said where you are there, I am also. I have already seen the path ahead, so call on me when you are tired and need guidance, strength, and peace. Because I am the giver of all things. Those who seek will find, and those who ask will receive.
10. Keep the Bible close
Verse Passage: 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – ESV
Verse Passage: Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – ESV
Verse Passage: James 1:22-25 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” – ESV
Verse Passage: Matthew 7:24-25 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” – ESV
The Bible is the living, breathing Word of God. It is the only book that is active. It is the only book that can guide us correctly at all times. The Word is a lamp to our feet so that we may see where we are walking. It is a light to our path to help show us where we are going. Every page is valuable for teaching, correcting, and training. It is a manual for those who follow. The Bible is the only book that can give you a firm footing and help you build your house wisely. When life throws its worst at you, the house still stands. Promises are made by simply following what it calls for us to do. These are not half-hearted promises but the absolute word that those who act according to the Bible will see blessings in their life.
Keep the Bible close as its aim is not only to teach but to train. When we train, we are prepared, and when we are equipped, there is nothing that can overtake us because we are ready for those who seek to bring about our demise.
Living for Christ is so much more than just saying you love Him and trying to do good. Even though this is a lifetime of work, it is the most fulfilling path to go down. The experiences are one of a kind because you will interact with the King Himself! You will be in the presence of the Lord.
Copyright © 2022 by Jacob Olinger
Living For Christ Series:
- Living For Christ Part 1
- Living For Christ Part 2
- Living For Christ Part 3 (current page)