Saturday, July 9, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Holy Marriage-A Lasting Life of Love
1 John 2:7-17
 
Mrs. Princy Thomas

Epiphany MTC, NY
17. “And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.”
Sally had everything she could ever dream of. All her hard work finally paid off. She has climbed the corporate ladder and she sits with leaders of her company. Her success has brought her nice cars, jewellery, a house and all things money can buy. Now all she has to do is say a little lie to save her company from a lawsuit, and in return she will be rewarded with $20,000. Some might say, what’s the big deal, it’s just a little white lie. Now Sally has to decide whether she is willing to compromise her ethics for the luxuries of this world.
I am sure all of us have come across situations in life where we have to make choices. Maybe it’s in our college life, work or even with our friends. These little choices in our life may  put distance between us and God. When we desire to belong to this world we can’t belong to God. When we look at our friends and the things they have, do we envy them? Can we guarantee a healthy life when we work hard to accumulate wealth for ourselves? No. We can’t guarantee anything but that these desires will cause us to envy, cause us to have pride and give us a false sense of security. All of which are fleeting. This reminds us of the verse from Mathew 6:24 when Jesus said “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  When the material things in our life take priority, we are slowly replacing God with them. Even the wisest man, King Solomon, turned away from God by worshiping pagan Gods when he let his love for his many wives rule his heart.  Yet there is hope for us. 1 John 2:17 says “And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.” Don’t run after worldly things which will certainly take our focus away from Christ and His greatest testament of love for us. God wants us to have an everlasting life with Him. All He asks of us is to rely on Him and trust in Him to provide us with what we need.  When we chose to live our lives by doing God’s will, we are promised and guaranteed a life with God—a treasure much more valuable than anything we can possibly gather for ourselves on this earth: an everlasting life with the bridegroom.

PRAYER

Our Heavenly father, forgive us when we chase after things of this world. Please take away today anything that will come between us and You. Help us to always rely on You and Your steadfast love for us. Help us to always remember Your love for us on the Calvary cross. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
  • Life in this world is short but keep an eye on the cross and it will lead us to everlasting life of love and happiness.