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We are called to follow Jesus on a daily basis – to make God the center of our life and the center of our thoughts and deeds and to love one another.  “‘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.’ [Matthew 22: 37-39]  These commandments, when lived out, are transformational.  We are called to a new life based on the gracious and undeserved love God has for us.  We are humbled and acknowledge that we have standing before God based on God’s grace alone and not based on anything of ourselves.   Because of God’s gracious love to us, we are compelled to reflect that love to others.

Our “new life” as Christians does not relieve us from our problems, however.  As humans, we are naturally prideful and sinful.   We can get distracted by the challenges life brings – the extreme busyness of life, hurts and disappointments from those we trust and love, health issues, and problems we encounter that are sometimes difficult to comprehend, let alone solve.  We can easily lose our focus on God.  When we weaken this relationship,  the problems of life can cause anxiety, stress, and confusion.  We may begin to make God a lower priority or perhaps even engage in open rebellion against Him.

It is important that we are disciplined in maintaining our relationship with God.  We need to engage in daily conversation with Him through prayer; find time for silent contemplation to hear Him; engage in Bible study to better understand the nature of the God we love.  As we mature in our relationship with Him, we will be able to recall God’s faithfulness and love and feel His continued presence in our lives.  Bad days, when handled in obedience alongside a loving God, can humble us, renew our faith and we can continue to try to live a life that is both pleasing to God and helpful to others.  We are only prepared to do that when we remember all He has done for us.  As you worship God today, thank Him for his everlasting and ever present grace and faithfulness.  Pray that He will be the focus of your life today.


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Give Generously

Each of us has unique gifts and we need to think about how we can generously share these gifts. Some people have talents, others have time, some have money. Whatever gifts we have been given we will find the most satisfaction in our own lives if we figure out how to use our gifts to make the world a better place for someone else. Sometimes we need to be generous to those who are closest to us — our family and close friends. Other times we need to reach beyond our close acquaintances and serve our local community, our regional community, or even our world community.

We should give not be to bring ourselves recognition. Rather, our generous giving needs to be done to bring glory to God, thanking Him for the gifts we have received, with the intent to love our neighbor as ourselves.

“Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. (NIV, Matthew 6:1-2)


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