January 14, 2011

Life is a gift....

Life is a gift, don't waste it.

"Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy..." ~1 Timothy 4:14

On the sixth day of creation, man was made created. "So God created Man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; Male and female created he them." ~Genesis 1:27.

People take life for granted. They claim their innocence, and announce to the world that they are living a good life. They haven't done anything wrong, so why worry about tomorrow? I got through this day, I can get through the next. 

But are they really living a good and godly life?  They may be doing "good" in some aspects, but that "good" won't get a person to heaven.  The Bible says in Matthew Chapter 19:17.."Why callest though me good? There is none good but one, that is, God: but if though wilt enter into life, keep my commandments."

Jesus just stated in the verse above that no man is good, none but the only true God. What is goodness? Webster's dictionary describes it as "The quality or state of being good. Excellence of morals and behavior."

Do you think that a person could really be that good? I don't! Most definitely not! Goodness is not just going out and doing some respective duty to a crippled, giving money to the poor, etc. It is more than that. Sure, helping out those in need is a very good deed.  But it’s not the type of goodness that will cleanse a person from all sins.  One must first get new life and the only way to do so is by receiving the atoning blood of Christ that washes us clean and makes us presentable to the Father.  Only Jesus Christ can grant new life, through the blood he shed on the cross of Calvary. 

But after one becomes washed in the nourishment of the only begotten son, that does not mean you can go out and sin all that you like. No, that is where the good deeds come in.  For God is the only one that is perfectly good and does not sin. Every person out there is sinning. No one is good.  But, we must show Christ's goodness and  live a good and godly life by the power of the holy spirit.

We all fall short, and no one deserves God's goodness, but the grace given in salvation will also grant us the power to live a godly life.

People take life for granted. We should think about those words. Many issues of life are taken for granted, which causes heartaches and ruins lives.

Wasting one’s life, wasting the lives of their precious children, not living their lives to the fullest has became America's greatest tragedy. Lately, I have come across many chapters, quotes, paragraphs about the killing of babies. These are what caught my most deepest interest and surprise. However, this is what caught my deepest interest and surprise:

"Andrea Yates-- an evangelical Christian who followed the teaching of Genesis, had five children, and became so overwrought that she drowned them all."

"A letter written in 51. B.C. from a pagan husband in Egypt to his wife, revealed the casual way pagans viewed infants, particularly young girls.' Know that I am still in Alexandria...I ask and beg you to take good care of our baby son, and as soon as I receive payment I shall send it up to you. If you are delivered (before I  come home), if it is a boy keep it, if a girl, discard it."

Isn't that cruel? It drives shivers up ones spine just thinking about it.  The lives of babies, of children are being destroyed right before our very eyes. What about the babies future?

Parents kill their children, all for the sake of themselves, or like the story; only because it was not what they wanted.  Isn't that drastic? Who would think of doing such a thing? Surely not me. But sadly, thousands are being killed because of the numerous amount of people who take life for granted.

Everyone was created with an equal right to life. God created man in his image, after his likeness. From the littlest baby, to the eldest of men, all have the right to life. You may say, "Yeah, but everyone has a right to choose." Who has the right to choose death for a life created by God? God has granted life and it is not to be wasted or thrown away like it has no meaning. Life is a precious gift, not one that you get tired of at the end of a day and throw it away, but one that you keep and treasure. God sent his only Son so as we could have life. And if we don't waste our lives, or the lives of others, we truly will have a happy life and one worth living for.

So don't waste your life. Don't waste the lives of others. God put every person here on earth for a purpose.
Everyone's purpose is different... but everyone has the right to fulfill that purpose.  God's will is the will of the people.

So lets live a life worth living for and also worth dying for! Let us all live a life pleasing to the will and glory of God, one that was meant for us to live from the very beginning. And with God's help we can fulfill our mission, if only we trust in him, and all that he is.

So let’s live the life God intended. Then we can all look back and say the words that Jesus did when he created Man..."And God said that' It was very good!"

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