The Gift – A More Biblical Perspective
I received this gift during my recovery from motorcycle crash, but you can reap its benefits simply by trusting and applying the Word of God in your life!
MSG James 5;11 What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail.
Steps to this better perspective on life;
1. Accept that life is a gift
NIV Acts 17;25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
The Bible tells us that this life is a gift from God. When we understand that all our thoughts of entitlement are wrong, we have are better prepared for what God has in store for us. God doesn’t owe any of us even one more day. We shouldn’t expect to live to 70 or even to 62, [about half of us won’t]. We should get our lives in order, so that if God were to take us home today, our lives will have been lived well. Those we love will know how much we loved them and, as much as possible, they will be prepared to seek and follow God’s call on their lives. Those we support will be taken care of. Those we lead will be given the tools they need to succeed without us.
2. Really Living The Christian Life.
Many call themselves Christians today without understanding what real Christianity is. Many are content to live their lives stuck in this world, but the Bible calls us to much more. We are to be in this world but not of it. We are not to be consumed by worldliness. We are to rise above it. Let’s try to gain a more Godly perspective on things, to actually seek and find God’s will for us.
NLT 1Tim 6;6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Many Christians today are close to drowning. They are treading water – totally immersed in the needs and wants of this world, but God wants us looking to him, invoking the promises in his Word, and relying fully on his Holy Spirit to guide us.
By constantly seeking & focusing on God & his spirit we find ourselves lifted out of the water, standing on a ridge. Following his path lifts us above the worldly stuff, & allows us to see far more than we could before.
The plain folks [Amish and Mennonite] interpret this the in the world but not of it passage literally seeking independence from world markets, seeking self-sufficiency. I don’t think this verse should be interpreted that that way, we should interpret this verse spiritually. We are called to remember our home is in heaven. This world is preparation – a training ground, a chance for us to learn to cooperate with God and to seek his will. It is a chance for us to get in step with God!
3. Living with a Thankful heart and Appreciating all our blessings.
We don’t usually appreciate all that we have until it’s gone. God wants us to do better at this, to have a grateful heart – to really live with an attitude of gratefulness
NLT PS 100;4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
NLT Col 3;15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful .
NLT 1Thess 5;18 Be thankful in all things for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
My accident showed me that things as simple as breathing, talking, drinking, walking, & eating, these are all wonderful blessings!
I had a breathing tube in my throat for over a week. This made talking impossible. I was on a feeding tube for close to two weeks. I was able to walk after about a week, but my jaw was wired shut for 8 weeks and then rubber banded shut for another 7 weeks. Chewing food is something that I really missed when I couldn’t do it, but in 46 years prior did I ever thank God for it? We just don’t appreciate our blessings, [our health, our friends & family til they’re gone – til God takes them away from us. God is calling us to do better. To trust his promises that even our trials are there to help develop/transform us.
4. Learning from our suffering allows us to claim God’s deliverance from it – earnestly seek out, write down, and incorporate into our lives the lessons from our trials & suffering.
NIV Job 36;5″God is mighty, but does not despise men; he is mighty, and firm in his purpose. 6 He does not keep the wicked alive but gives the afflicted their rights. 7 He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever. 8 But if men are bound in chains, held fast by cords of affliction, 9 he tells them what they have done – that they have sinned arrogantly.
10 He makes them listen to correction and commands them to repent of their evil. 11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment. 12 But if they do not listen, they will perish by the sword and die without knowledge. 13 “The godless in heart harbor resentment; even when he fetters them, they do not cry for help. 14 They die in their youth, among male prostitutes of the shrines. 15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
MSG Job 36;15 But those who learn from their suffering, God delivers from their suffering.
5. Wait for [rest in Jesus], Listening for, Hearing, & quickly responding to Jesus’ ‘yes come’ – Seeking & following the Holy Spirit. NLT Matt14;28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
6. Try to work our God given dreams [not our selfish desires] into his plans for us.
MKJV Pro 13;19 The desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but it is hateful to fools to turn from evil.
Please help us to accept that life is a gift, to really live this Christian Life, to live with a thankful heart, to learn from our suffering, to wait on Jesus, and to embrace the dreams that you place in our hearst! In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
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