He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9
As people grow up and begin to leave school and home, they want to know their purpose in this life. They strive to find out why they are there and what they are to do.
In the process of searching for this answer, many will seek guidance and help from any and every one, with very few filters to block out bad advice.
Paul reminds Timothy that they are saved and called to live a holy life because of God’s own purpose and grace.
When Adam and Eve chose to sin and fall away from God, God did not have to provide a way of salvation from the fall into sin. He provided that salvation out of His great love and grace upon man.
As He provides the needed salvation, He is also willing to guide a person as to how he should live his life. The life God calls each believer to live is one that is holy, separated from the world and sin. This new way of living has nothing to do with what the believer had done, but because of His purpose.
God wants every person to live the best life possible. In order to have that life, one must turn from all sin and be holy as God is holy. When one is living a holy life, it is a representation of who God is. It reveals His perfect love that is at work in the life of the believer. Seeing this perfect love will draw others to Jesus, building His kingdom.
If you are seeking the purpose for your life, look to God. Your purpose starts with being holy as He is holy. This begins with repentance of all sins and turning away from sin. Turning away from sin is not legalism, but love for God and for others.
As you choose to live for God and turn from sin, God can do great works in and through you in order to build His kingdom.
Your purpose in this life is to live for God and build His kingdom. Do not shrink back from what God has called you to do and be.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn towards God and away from all sin; that God will strengthen you to be holy as He is holy; that you will find your purpose in God; that you will know His amazing grace and love; and that you will pass on God’s grace and love to others.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:8
All across the world people are seeking more wealth. They want to have more things and can never get enough. The desire for more and more is with most people, especially when they compare themselves with others.
This desire is also increased greatly when they see advertisements everywhere that they need something new that they don’t have and that will make their life better.
Many people will sacrifice nearly everything and anything in order to get more. They will work extra hours and sacrifice family and friends for more.
Paul tells Timothy a very simple formula to gain. It is to have godliness with contentment.
When God created Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, He gave them everything that they needed in abundance. Instead of being content, they wanted more. Ultimately they wanted God’s knowledge and power. This led to their downfall and being cast out of the garden.
Later Jesus dies for mankind and provides everything that they could ever need–an abundant life. All one has to do to get this abundant life is to believe in and follow Jesus.
Yet, many choose to follow the sinful ways of the world, rather than God. In doing so, they may gain some physical things, but they will lose everything in the end, including their lives.
All a person really needs is a little food, a little clothing and a little shelter to survive in this world. To live for eternity, all he needs is the salvation provided for by Jesus.
Many believers have fallen into the same trap as the world of being greedy and wanting more. They are never content with what God has given them. Or else they are content, but not living Godly lives.
Each one must be living for God in His ways, and be content with what God provides. You may or may not have as much as your neighbor, but if you have food, clothing, shelter and eternal life, you have all that you need.
Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the greed, sin and discontentment that this fallen world promotes. Live the holy life God has called you to live. Trust God for all of your day-to-day provisions.
As you trust God, you will have an abundant life with more than you need to live life here on this earth.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow all of God’s commands; that you will live a holy life unto God; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will see God’s hand of provision for your life; and that you will be content with what God is blessing you with.