19 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father[a] does, the Son likewise does these things. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing, and he will show him greater works than these so that you will be amazed. (John 5:!9-20 CSB)
A right relationship between a father and son is something very special. The father recognizes his responsibility and the son looks to the father to learn and for protection.
How much more our relationship with The Father.
27 Can any of you add one moment to his life span[a] by worrying? (Matthew 6:27 CSB)
Worry and anxiety are some of the most common feelings people experience. Whether it be in job situations, health issues, relationships or whatever these twin feelings seem to be ever-present.
Now, if we think back what have they afforded us? Did they help or hinder the situation? Were either responsible for making the situation better? Did either provide a positive element to what was happening?
No. As the scripture says, how can worry ad even a single moment to our lives?
It may be a natural outcome of a situation we are in, but if we truly consider their worth we will find that there is none.
2 There were indeed false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves. (2 Peter 2:! CSB)
With the volume of information out there today it is very easy to be mislead. Theories are presented eloquently, with promises that are enticing. However, in the end they all lead to darkness.
There is one way to keep from being mislead; bear it all against scripture to validate what we are being presented.
4 You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4 CSB)
The world throws a lot at us. Burying us in information. We hear the thoughts of everyone from our local neighbor, from news cast, from actors and from governmental agents. Everyone has their opinion and view.
However, we are to listen to one voice. The one who is greater than the one who is in the world.
Being able to discern the right from the wrong.
12 Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12 CSB)
The importance of goals cannot be overemphasized. Very few people set any goals for themselves aside from those thrust upon them in work circumstances.
However, we should have personal goals in life that encompass mental, physical and spiritual elements of our lives. Taking hold of reaching the goals that God set before us, especially that of being more Christ like, is a good start.
13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. (1 Peter 1:13-14 CSB)
We tend to stumble through life, letting it happen to us. Action is typically reaction and not something that we aspire to.
But God has a different plan. A plan for us to be ready always for Kingdom action, ready to respond to those needing a good word. Some times it may just be our presence and at other times it may be to act on another’s needs.
Regardless, we are not to wallow in our former ignorance, but to be ready always for action.
7 But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. 8 More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. (Philippians 3:7-8a CSB)
I have recently had a few friends suffer loss. One his house in the California fires and another the loss of a close friend.
Life is about gains and losses. Sometimes it seems that the losses pile up and the gains are few. Life can surely be a struggle. However, we can count it all as loss and the gain out of life is coming to know Christ. In this gain we gain eternity which makes what we have here pale by comparison.
It may feel like life is the longest part while we are living it, but in the light of eternity it is fleeting.