Beyond Us

15 He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 CSB)

When you are done with this life, what will you get to take with you?

Nothing.

Naked we come into this world and naked we leave it. Thus, all that we store up for ourselves will afford us nothing in the end. Only what we have done for eternity will last beyond the grave.

Thus, only what we do that extends out beyond us is of true lasting value.

Complete & Equipped

16 All Scripture is inspired by God[a] and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 CSB)

It is important that we be equipped in this life. Gaining knowledge and wisdom in our occupation but also in our vocation.

We focus on this diligently when it comes to our occupation but we tend to be less so around our vocation. While we need an occupation we have all also been called to a vocation, to spread the word. Scripture helps to complete and equip us for this vocation.

We would not think about trying to enter an occupation without proper training. Why would we expect to do so with our vocational calling?

Everything

3 His[a] divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by[b] his own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3 CSB)

We continually want more. More money, more stuff, more power, more, more, more.

But what if I told you, you have everything you require?

Living a godly life is really all we need to strive for. God blesses this and everything else required falls into place.

We can never gain more by simply getting more.

Restored

10 The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,[a] will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while.[b] (1 Peter 5:10 CSB)

There are times in our lives when we just need to be restored. We need a refreshing after a long dry spell or battle. Maybe you are now in a place of conflict or disruption to your life. A place where you need strength and support.

God promises that he will restore, establish, strengthen and support us… after …. we have suffered a little while.

It is the suffering that we want to be rid of, right? However, a little suffering brings endurance, which leads to a strong faith and godliness.

Friendship

13 No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 CSB)

Friendship is a valuable and much neede commodity in our lives. Studies have shown just how important close friendship are to both a happy and healthy life.

When we practice being a good friend we may be called on at any time day or night. In the work place it may mean standing up for someone when others are being negative. In some cases a group of close friends become a brotherhood or sisterhood to us, sharing our every moment.

We may never be called to lay down our life for a friend, but Christ did that willingly for us. Should we not then do as much as we can for our friends? Being there for them through thick and thin?

 

The Same

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 CSB)

The only constant in this world is change. That is a well worn cliche and in many ways very true. So is “there is nothing new under the sun.” Everything seems new and inviting, but really it is just variations on the same old same old.

However, God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. This is a great assurance as we can count on Him to not change and to fulfill His promises.

God is with you no matter what.

Seeds

24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much [a]grain. (John 12:24 NKJV)

A seed must be planted for it to produce. If it does not fall and have a chance to die and germinate, it will never create the fruit it was made to produce.

We too must die to self if we are to produce the fruit we were made to produce. We must gain an understanding that when we strive only for ourselves and never for others (or God), we are limiting what we might truly be.