No, this is not going to be about embracing self and YOLO and Carpe Diem.
Clearly I do not endorse YOLO (unless its the Messy Monday video about it, or you are from camp).
I’ve been really thinking about what it means to live your life for Christ. To really, truly, live your life for him. And honestly, I usually get stuck on the “live” part. Living my life for Christ has to mean more than reading my Bible and praying everyday. I mean, Jesus did more than just read scrolls all day, didn’t he?
Just my luck, I’ve been hearing quite a few messages about this exact precise topic. Clearly God is trying to teach me something. So I will share with you my findings, and what I’m processing …
If living my life for Christ means that every moment of my life is for him, then that means that every moment is for him. That includes my time in class, my time with people, and my free time. In Micah 6:8 it says
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
If it is GOOD to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God, then I better get doing that, right? But what does it MEAN?
Well … in my opinion it means a few things
1. Willingly giving up things in your life for other people. Whether that is time, money, or things. Jesus cared for the orphan, the widow, the poor. I have to ask myself – am I caring for them? Or am I too caught up in myself…
2. Be forgiving. If my life, if I want to show God in my actions, it means that I want to show people that God is the be-all-end-all of my life. That means that he is everything – so nothing else matters more. Including holding grudges. If I’m holding onto something that upset me, then I am not holding onto God.
3. Be humble. So … easier said than done, I think. To me, this just means to daily realize that I fail. Not always so easy either, but realizing that I am not perfect, and there is no way for me to live my life alone. Relying on God to me means more than waiting until I’m broken and lost and calling out to him. It means that I’m letting him take me everywhere I go. It means that he’s going with me to class, with me to eat lunch. Never alone, and always dependant.
So, really, what I’m trying to get at with this post … it isn’t just about learning all the correct theology, knowing the right answers, and winning debates. Its about living your life. My dad said something his pastor said this past week, and I”ll try and get it right (I think its where I heard it):
“Would you rather be a simple person who knows God, or an intelligent person who knows about God”
Something along those lines.
Honestly, I think I would like to be the former. Knowing God’s grace instead of knowing about it. And, to be honest, I don’t have everything figured out as to how I’m supposed to be “living my life”. I just know that I need to change some things and live it, not just walk through it.