Do you ever get stuck on just one verse? You may be reading a chapter or section of scripture and one word or phrase leaps out and won’t let you keep going. I have been considering and dwelling on one verse lately, trying to grasp the full weight of what it means and how it applies to my life in all its various ways. Often, I find it is an area where God wants me to grow in my life. It may also be areas where I need pruning, so that I might become more fruitful as I allow his Spirit to work on mine. What is your response when He gets your attention?
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21
We can look at our own lives and ask at any given moment ‘what am I living for?’ How does the evidence of my life answer that question? Where do I spend most of my time, attention, and money…i.e. what am I pouring my life into? It is probably good to ask this on a regular, if not daily basis if we want to know what or who we are living for. If we really don’t want to know, we probably try to avoid these types of questions. Or take it a step further and ask others what they see us giving ourselves toward the most. God will surely show you the truth when you ask him.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Can we ever fully live for Christ? It becomes more evident as we surrender more and more of our lives to him. Maybe it is easier to see in others than in ourselves at times. As we read the words of Paul…was he living this way? I believe so, after his conversion, his life was fully devoted to one main purpose, while he continued to deal with the struggles of life. That is evident in many of the words he wrote as he kept surrendering more of his life and work and plans to Christ. Is this what we strive for also? What would my faith look like if this were true in my life? To truly believe that living my life is promoting Christ, and to die is to be with him. Is that what we believe?
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Sometimes it’s a song or a catch phrase that gets stuck in your head that gets replayed multiple times. But when it’s a scripture verse that God gives you which gets mulled over and over, does it take on any new meanings for you? It often does for me. Especially when he reveals it in context and how it applies to all areas of my life. It makes me consider whether I just provide lip service in acknowledging God’s word as true, or whether I am ‘all in’ to Christ and His Word in every part of my life. It is not often an easy process, but is one that usually needs to be done. May our desire be for more of Christ in more of our life, so that we become a reflection and a testament to Him. As we allow him to refine us, may we find hope and joy in the process as we realize we are living for him and because of him.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
Striving to live for Him,