What I Read Today;
Romans 14; Matthew 14; Lamentations 5; Psalm 135; 1 Samuel 31
Romans 14 vs. 7-9, “7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” NRSV
Our lives were never meant to be about us. We were designed to live our lives for a higher purpose.
Unfortunately, too many people think the world revolves around themselves.
When we believe that there is a God who has created us, then we have to think that we should live our lives for that God.
If we are going to live our lives for God, then how we treat people matters. What we say about them is essential. Gossip becomes a problem. Hoping bad things happen to those we dislike is no longer acceptable.
If we are living for God and striving to treat people with respect and dignity, we then must take care of our responsibilities. Paying our taxes is now not optional. Obeying the law is required. Taking care of our families, in particular, our children must be a priority.
If we are living for God and loving other people, then we can no longer be the center of the universe. Life can no longer be about us.
A long time ago I saw a t-shirt that said this:
- God first
- Others second
- Me third
If we lived this out, how much better would our world be today?