christ in you, Devotion

Strive for More, Receive More

Hello, lovely people! So I have lately been going through my devotionals and trying to make them as fast as possible. But, I feel like God is calling me to calm down. To step back and get perspective.

Stepping back and spending more time with God, means so much more than a few more minutes of sleep. As I went through 1 Thessalonians with my friend, a lot of things started to stick out to me. I felt God putting different things on my heart and pointing things out to me.

Having a daily devotional is so important. But, as I was reading I came upon this verse:

“For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” – 1:8-9

This verse really stuck out to me because it tells us how important it is that we act as examples to others. Look what happened when these men were true examples of Jesus and of Gods love to others. Lives were saved because they were willing to live out Gods will for their life.

We have to be in the word every day in order to know how we should be living our lives, so we can see and ask God to help us. Imagine how wonderful life would be not only for you, but for those around you, if you lived your life as an example of how God calls us all to live.

“But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others” – 2:4-6

I love this verse. There is so much in it that we can learn from. This shows us just one small part of being an example of Christ especially in our culture. Everything we do should be done to please God not men. This feels almost impossible. How can everything we do be done only for God? How can we just ignore what others think about us?

I have struggled with this internally for a while. The only problem is, that most of the time I am too late. I will do or say something and later regret it. I am trying to continually ask God to take control of my thoughts, my speech, my actions.

Only through His guidance and help can we begin to live the life He calls us to. We have to be carefully with everything we say. Asking God to “set a guard at the door of our mouths” (Psalm 141:3). We invite not only God to help us watch ourselves, but our spiritual leaders and friends to keep us accountable.

When you take initiative in your life to be careful in everything you do and make an effort to be an example to others, your life will get “better”. Your life will slowly shape to become a lifestyle that brings you joy, that you love. Once we give God the space to work in our lives, He will slowly take over and through us He will change others.

When we give ourselves up to God, we give our Maker a chance to bring others to Him. I think to myself what a great God I have and why I want everyone else to know Him. Why should I try and keep such a big and awesome God all to myself?

He is more powerful than I can imagine. He can take away the pain and hurt, He can break us out of addictions and sickness, He can save us from the darkest of pits and place us back on our feet.

The Bible is meant as a tool to keep us encouraged in the faith. To see that everything we do is meaningful and every step we take (bad or good) is a step to a prosperous future which your Father has preplanned for you.

My goal for you today:

  • Do one thing today that will set a good example for someone else. Do one thing that shows Christ lives in and through you.
    • Smile, hold the door, help someone, give to others, give someone a hug, say thank you, love someone without asking anything in return, etc.

Love, Mack.

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