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Wednesday 4/09/08 Living
Good friend, don't forget all I've taught you; take to heart my commands. They'll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well. Don't lose your grip on Love and Loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials on your heart. Earn a reputation for living well in God's eyes and the eyes of the people.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. But don't, dear friend, resent God's discipline; don't sulk under his loving correction. It's the child he loves that God corrects; a father's delight is behind all this.
Proverbs 3:1-12 (MSG)
Not God: Are these sayings familiar to you?
• "You have to look out for number one"
• "You deserve it!"
• "You just have to be true to yourself"
• "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"
These are the ideals the world promotes daily through the media and "self help" books. Unlike the world, the one and only true God is honest with his creation. He tells us trust Him in all that we do, to not worry about everything and not to live just for ourselves. Instead of having to lookout for ourselves, God, our Father, tells us that if we follow His commands he will watch over us and that we should lookout for each other.
Jesus, when asked what is the greatest commandment he responded, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don't see many of "the brightest and the best" among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn't it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these "nobodies" to expose the hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—comes from God by way of Jesus Christ. That's why we have the saying, "If you're going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God."
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (MSG)
Jesus made it very clear during his ministry that Christianity is not for perfect people. Jesus ate with sinners, forgave the "unforgivable" and even called some of them to be his apostles. If you are imperfect, have made mistakes or feel like you've lived a life so far from God that you can never make it back, you're EXACTLY the kind of person God likes to use to show how powerful HE is. That's what's so cool about giving yourself to God, we don't have to be perfect, we just have to believe in one person who loves us in spite of our imperfections - Jesus.