You must live your life for Christ

 

 

The word of God is sufficient for all of your needs and it is a guide to help you live for Christ.  Today I want to ponder a Scripture in the gospel of Luke and see how it applies to our life.  It is a powerful verse and it holds a lot of truth.

  

In Luke, Chapter 16:10-13, Jesus was speaking to the people when he said:

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

 

So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

 

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”


Jesus was giving an important lesson in these verses.  The truth is that to belong to Christ, you must give up all that you have and be willing to serve him.   He is able to keep you and provide for all that you need, but you must put your trust solely in him.  Everything on this earth belongs to God and we are just caretakers of his property. The things of this world that you hold tightly to will one day fail you.  

 

Why would you ever want to have riches on this earth and gain nothing for eternity?  If your whole life is centered solely in obtaining the things of this world, you will not be deemed trustworthy in the kingdom of God. The true riches that this verse talks about are those treasures in heaven that will never perish.  When you line your ways up with God, you serve him and bring glory to him. You put him first and submit all that you have been given to him. For that, he will reward you in heaven as he gives you a new life and a future with hope. 

 

If you have made Jesus your Master, you cannot go on living in the old ways of sin.  If you have a personal relationship with him, you will be changed and your heart will seek after the things that are good as the love of Christ compels you. The Holy Spirit will work in you to walk in the ways of righteousness and he will begin a work of transforming you into the image of Christ.  But your greatest desire must be solely for the things of God and not for what this world offers.  You cannot have both. Whatever is more important in your life will become your god and you will be a slave to that which rules you.  If the things of this world consume most of your time and money, that is where you heart is.  You are serving a different master than the one true God.  The only things you keep in eternity is that which does not burn in the fire. 

 

Even your will must be surrendered to God so that he can do his perfect work in you. At times you may fall into temptation but your life should reflect a new relationship with sin as you seek to do what is good.   God’s power must be evident in your life as you grow in your walk with him.  There is a profound change when Christ is your Savior and lives in you.  There is a light in your life that others are drawn to as you desire to live your life as God has planned.  It is then that God can trust you with more and reveal more of his glory to you.

 

The most important thing to learn is that God’s ways are best.  You only have problems in your life when you try to live it apart from Christ and his truth.  Surrender to him all that you desire and  let him rule in your life.  Allow his Spirit be your guide so that you can travel the narrow road that leads to life and eternity with God in heaven.  Nothing else matters because nothing else will bring you eternal life!  The choice you make on who you serve will bring you life with God or eternity in hell.  Choose life!

 

 

Dear Lord, I pray that you give wisdom and understanding to all those reading this message.  May they have the knowledge to know in their hearts that the only thing they can keep is that which has been surrendered to you.    Amen

 

 

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