Posts Tagged ‘Christ Life’

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I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.'” (‭John‬ ‭13‬:‭15‬ NLT)

Robert Griffin III, also known as RGIII, is quite the role model, especially to military kids. Before winning the Heisman trophy at Baylor University and becoming the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins, Robert was an Army brat: Mom served for 12 years while Dad served for 21 and fought in two conflicts. During moves all over the world, Robert learned discipline, strength, and football. His ability to overcome obstacles to a good life has inspired many other military kids.

The Christ Life is about following the paths that Jesus laid out for us. By encountering great triumphs, horrible setbacks, closeness with the Father, and abandonment of His friends, we learn a lot, both how to react and how to press on. As Jesus blazed the trail, He left behind a way of living that requires focused discipline but leads to amazing blessings!

No matter where you’re at or what you’ve already been through, there is always an onramp to the Christ Life path. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. And if it were wrong, it wouldn’t have lasted this long! Find your way, like RGIII, past the obstacles of life towards a better way. You are loved today!

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But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭15‬ NLT)

C.T. Studd was only a teenager in the 1880’s. He was making a mark for himself as a child of financial privilege and a remarkable Cricket player in England, becoming Captain of the Cambridge team and representing his nation at the world level. But then God called, and Studd would abandon sports and wealth to become a missionary of renown in China.

While most of us will never have mass popularity for anything, we share this with the likes of the Apostle Paul and C.T. Studd: While we were in our mother’s womb, God called us for Himself. Your life, in all of its “insignificance”, is a masterpiece of God’s grace, put on display for others to see and glorify the Artist who created you to inspire others. It’s not so much what we do, but that others can see Christ active in our life, which produces it’s own draw in others!

As you start your week, and some head back to school, start afresh with a new outlook. This life, Your Life, was destined from its inception. Allow God the opportunity to create it into the beautiful, joyful experience it was meant to be, one that draws people to Him, instead of the frustration that we so often make it. Enjoy the contentment that only comes from the Christ Life! You are loved today!

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I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭1‬ NLT)

The name of Benedict Arnold is synonymous with disloyalty. During the American Revolutionary War, Arnold began the war in the Continental Army, but later defected to the British Army. Interestingly, Congressional investigations later found Arnold had spent much of his own money on the American war effort. Apparently sickened by passed-over promotions and political accusation, Arnold lost faith in America and it’s future.

In this scripture, Jesus is warning His believers of coming tribulations. But His warning has a reason: So believers wouldn’t abandon their faith, or apostatize. People who know God can walk away from the safety of salvation. Many do so out of sinful temptations and desire, choosing that life over the Christ Life. But others out of pain experienced in a Church or at the hands of malicious “Christians”.

Hear these words today, there is no GOOD reason for abandoning your walk with Christ. No pleasure or anger is worth the price that will be paid for breaking faith. Sin is pleasant for a season & even good people can be jerks. But eternity is worth whatever pettiness we must endure! Stay faithful to the One who loves you above all! Have a great week!

Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NLT)

As I write this, I am currently waiting on a tire to be fixed at the SEVENTH tire place I visited today. Who knew that I’m the only guy in the world that has a flat tire on a Saturday?! And as I hit ALL these tire shops only to find them closed, I feel like James and John, the disciples known as “The Sons of Thunder”, who asked Jesus for permission to light some folks up! Aaaaand then I come across this verse. Sigh…

The point of the Christ Life is to live as Jesus did. By trekking His steps, walking the same paths in the same manner, we find life more satisfying and repenting a lot less. After all, God said “Well done!” over how Jesus was living, but He hasn’t over me yet!

So, I live with questions like, “If Jesus had a flat tire, would He have it fixed or breathe air into it & it’ll never go flat again” and “Wouldn’t Jesus sic some she-bears on bad tire shop owners like Elisha did on some bad teenagers?!” Alas, I guess it’s just better to take a deep breath, pray for strength, put a smile on our faces and live! After all, we are greatly loved today!

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