Time has a way of sculpting our lives which can be quite attractive to God. Scheduling daily time with God slowly shapes us to be more like Jesus while putting ministering off has the opposite effect. This is at the root of this week’s message, helping us live a more purposeful life rather than not.
It’s a choice we’re constantly making, to either save ourselves or throw the gift of life away one day at a time. Getting caught up with things of this world will inevitably lead to self destruction. On the other hand, living a life as a disciple of Jesus is a sure thing which will stretch far beyond our bodies.
I can’t help but notice people around me who are walking the wrong path with no end in sight. How I wish they would listen to the voice of reason and get that second wind, instead they continue to ignore the obvious signs laid before them by God which leaves them going around in circles. Why would anyone choose to enslave themselves to such mediocrity spending their entire days serving the Devil rather than grow with God?
I wish I had an answer to that. I suppose people are just wired to destroy themselves and those around them. I have to admit, I too can be distracted from ministering to God. Much like lost sheep, I have been known to miss signs.
This is why we all need to improve our sense of direction, looking up to the Heavens in times when we need guidance in our lives. Getting back on track serving God should be as easy as pointing West when the sun is setting. No need for a compass when you have God’s map, the Bible.
One of my favorite passages can be found in Matthew’s gospel. Jesus tells the parable of the wedding feast where He warns us about hell for those who refuse to prepare for His return.
“And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’ But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:1-14)
I hope you will find the strength to incorporate God in your everyday life letting him shape you into the person he wants you to be. Soon you will have a relationship with him that will flow like a stream down a mountain side and with God’s help, you will be a source of inspiration to those who thirst for eternal life!
We thank you for your guidance in our lives
And for giving us purpose beyond our own understanding,
We ask you to continue to lead our footsteps
And help us with our sense of direction.
Lord we welcome your mission for our lives
And ask that you strengthen us,
So that we may seek you each day
Building a relationship with you.
God help us be more like you
Help us understand your ways,
And do so each and every day.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre