Words from the Heart for Monday November 21st, 2016
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Galatians 6:8 (NLT)
Living to Please the Spirit
Indulgence and selfish pursuits doesn’t bring spiritual life, but destruction. Living for God will result in spiritual fruitfulness. Who are you living for? How do your actions reflect who you are living for?
A website called Living in Canada gives some good advice to those who are thinking of moving to Canada. Among other things it says “In recent years, Canada’s agricultural and mineral exports have performed well in world markets. Economic conditions are relatively good for most of the country. A few years ago, you would not have been advised to come to Canada to improve your salary. Canadians enjoyed, and still enjoy, a very high quality of life but, compared with salaries available in the USA, UK and Northern Europe, Canadians were not highly paid. Now rising wages and a strengthening currency have pushed Canada’s average wage higher than the USA’s, the UK’s, and most of Europe’s. Getting work can be difficult for migrants when they first arrive in Canada. Ideally you should arrange a job before you move to Canada.”
What drives your life? What causes you to live the way you do? We all are driven by something. Without Christ, men and women are driven by human passions. We naturally want what will bring us pleasure and our focus is on self. The song “Looking Out for Number One” describes the passion well. What a contrast Jesus makes. Galatians 6:8 says “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” True life comes when we meet Jesus Christ by faith. The focus of our lives changes completely. We live to please the Lord and our focus becomes outward, towards God and others. This is true spiritual life. The things of the flesh will decay and death will result. But when Jesus is Lord of your life, then obedience to His call to love God and others drives us. In this we find spiritual fulfillment and joy as we pour our lives into serving Jesus and others. The Holy Spirit fills our lives and drives us to holy living and acts of love and compassion. What drives your life today? Are you focusing only on your own needs and getting ahead in this world? If so, ask God to show you His heart and He will change your life and you will harvest eternal life.
These have been words from the heart.