Bible Study/Devotional

This Is Not A Test

 

“This is Life….This is not a test…this is the real thing…” – lyrics

This is a message that has been the focus of my thoughts lately. So many people go through life trying to figure things out and acting like they are in their practice run before the real thing starts.

HUGE MISTAKE!!!

We only get one life. One. So, we need to make every moment count while we’re here and live our life to the fullest. The fullest being living for God. When you take that narrow path that so many are afraid of, you will walk a path of blessings. Even when things don’t seem to be going your way, if you endure the rocky parts of the path, you’ll be led to a place of blessing and joy.

Matthew 7:13

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

The road less traveled isn’t an easy one, but those few that take it will find life everlasting. So, don’t get lost taking the more common paths in life wandering around aimlessly. Find purpose for your life and do good for those around you. Help the lost find their way. Be thankful for all that you do have and forget what you lack.

When we stop worrying about keeping up with everyone else on Instagram and reality shows then we free ourselves to live the lives that we are meant to live. We can find joy in the simple things instead of stressing about what society tells us we’re missing.

I think one of the major messages in this song by Toby Mac is to not get left behind by looking around for other distractions in life and focus on committing everything you do everyday to the Lord. Even if it’s cleaning your house, working your job, or taking care of a family member. Dedicate your work to God and do your best. You want to give him the best of what you have like Abel, right? So, give it your full effort. Follow the way of the light and you’ll always find your way through every situation life throws at you.

Romans 12 New International Version (NIV)

“A Living Sacrifice

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Love in Action

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited.

17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:

“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[e]

21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

 

It can’t get any clearer than that.

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