Ephesians 3:17 Rooted In Love

 

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so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, Ephesians 3:17

Every person has some roots as to who he is. Ancestry plays a large part in who a person is. Often people are determined who they are by who their parents were and where they were from. For many years in America, people were labeled as some nationality because within two to three generations, they had family that had immigrated from another nation. Their roots were from another nation.

Although ancestry is still looked at, it is not seen as much. Yet, people are still rooted in things that are often family related. It is common to see people rooted in their job positions. What their position is, determines who they are.

Those who have not become believers are rooted in the things of this world and the sin of this world. It is the things and sin of this world that determines who they are. Since they are rooted this way, they do not know anything different.

Some believers are rooted in a church. They see themselves as some denomination or another. This is not the root God has given them. The physical church does not give them purpose or meaning in this life.

Believers, however, are to have a different root system. They are rooted in love. Scriptures state that God is love and that Jesus is God, therefore Jesus is love. He gives the believer a root and meaning in this life.

Love becomes the whole purpose of the believer’s life. It is what causes a person to turn from sin. Love is what causes a person to tell another person about Jesus. Love is what causes a person to forgive, have mercy, show grace and be patient.

God’s love is what begins to define who a person is. It gives the person an eternal purpose and value.

As a believer you must look at what you are rooted and established in. Your base line root system must be rooted and established in Jesus–Love. Love is what should determine your every action, thought, motive, and word.

Being rooted in love will keep you from sin and on the right path with God. It will make you more like Jesus everyday.

Who or what are you rooted in today? Jesus or the things of this world?

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know the salvation Jesus gives you; that you will live in the love of God; and that your life will show the love of God.

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Purpose Of Living On Earth

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Everyone you look people are busy about things in their life. Busy at work, at play, at taking care of the home, at taking care of children or parents, repairs, relationships, making money, paying bills, and the list goes on forever. People are always busy doing something.

If you are like me and my family, we are always busy doing something. We are always wishing things would slow down so that we could breath. There is always something to do and a whole list of things we are behind on in getting done.

Then comes the questions of what is supposed to be done. What is the purpose in everything that is being done? Does the things that we are doing have any real purpose or is it just being busy?

Many people wonder what their real purpose is. They want to know why they are where they are and what they are supposed to be doing. They wonder if there is any real meaning to what they are doing.

Ecclesiastes 12_13

Solomon had written Ecclesiastes looking at life and the purpose of life. He was the wealthiest man who ever lived in all of history. He makes Bill Gates look as though he has not even started to make any money.

Since Solomon had so much money and fame, he was able to have and do anything that he wanted. This book that he wrote, looks at everything and sees everything as meaningless. Things that just happen over and over. Everyone lives and dies, and can take nothing with them…meaningless. Solomon searches for meaning in many different things, wisdom, knowledge, joy, wealth, entertainment, and work.

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Yet, in the final verses of the book, he draws everything to a final conclusion. The purpose of man is to fear God and keep His commands.

To fear God is the first thing Solomon lists as a duty of all men. This is to have a reverence for God. You are to respect God for who He is.

Who is God?

He is the One who created everything, including you. He created this world for man to live on and He created every person and everything in this world. Since He created it all, that means He is the Boss, the One in charge, the One who can make all the rules.

Is God In Control

This slides into the second duty of man that Solomon listed: man is to obey God.

A lot of people will claim that they love God. They will go to church every Sunday and wear their Sunday best. It all sounds good, until you look at their life. Then the question of whether they are really loving God or not comes up in deciding whether they are really obeying God.

Some will live in sinful lifestyles or do not show Christ in any area of their life, other than at church. Is this really obeying God? Claiming to love God is easy, but proving it is another matter, though not difficult.

1 John 5:3 New International Version (NIV)

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

John said that for a person to love God, he must keep His commands–obey Him. He finishes this verse with saying that the commands are not burdensome. In other words, they are not that difficult to keep and obey.

Obedience Is An Expression

When talking about the commands of God, many people look to the Old Testament and the book of Leviticus and see hundreds of laws. They see that and say that there is no way they can obey all those laws.

Jesus made the laws of God very simple. He summed the entire law up into two very simple laws: 1) Love God, 2) Love others.

Matthew 22:37-39 New International Version (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

All of the commandments God gave to mankind are summed up under these two simple commands. When you love God, you will obey His commands. When you are obeying God, you are loving Him. And when you love God, you will love every person. And when you love every person, you are loving God. These go hand in hand and cannot be separated, because God is love.

Everything that you do must be about love. Either love to God or love to another person. All of it sums up into love for God.

Now to get back to what I was talking about at the beginning, the purpose of life and the busyness of life. Many people are questioning their purpose in this life and why they are running so hard.

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As you go into each day or plan for days to come, are you seeking out God’s purpose for you? God has a reason for you to be where you are, when you are there, and for what you are going through. Ultimately it is to bring you closer to Him and be a witness to others to bring them closer to Him.

As Jesus left the earth, He told the disciples to go into all of the world and make disciples of every one. They were to point people to Jesus and teach them everything Jesus taught them.

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This command has not been pulled back to this day. God has given you the same command to tell others about Jesus. This is showing the ultimate love to any person on this earth. It is also showing the ultimate love for God. Jesus died for every person and it is your job and my job to tell them about Jesus and what He did.

Look at your day and ask yourself if what you are doing is fulfilling this command in some way or another. No matter what your job is, you can still be a witness, you can still tell others about Jesus.

If you are not fulfilling God’s command to be a witness in this world, then you need to make some changes in your life. Your life will be meaningless and without purpose, if you are not doing God’s commands and loving Him and others.

When you are busy doing God’s work, you will have strength that will not fail. God will continually open doors for you to be His witness. The doors will never stop opening, unless you close them. In doing this God will restore your energy so that you may continue to do more of His work. In this, you will find your purpose for where you are and what you are doing and what you may be going through.

God Be In Control Prayer

I trust and pray that you will find your purpose on this earth today. Live for loving God and loving others.

 

Isaiah 55:1-2 Eat And Drink The Best

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:1-2

Being hungry and thirsty is something that every person has to deal with, some more than others. At times one will be more thirsty, in the hot summer time in the south, while at other times one may be more hungry. Most people can satisfy their physical hunger and thirst without too much problem, but both will return very soon.

However, there is another hunger and thirst that many people have that is much harder to be satisfied. It is hunger for meaning and satisfaction in life. Some people are always seeking a bigger, better thrill in life to keep them moving forward. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to be satisfied. Others may seek better jobs and positions, or maybe seeking peace, quiet and solitude to find meaning.

While all of these things can satisfy for a short time, they will not sustain a person in the long haul of life. Each of these things are temporary and wear off. After a time, the thrill of one thing will not be enough and more will be sought out.

God is calling people to take what He is giving to be satisfied. The life that Jesus is offering does not cost in the manner of money or hard labor. All it costs is accepting and giving your life to Him. In return you gain eternal life, peace, and satisfaction regardless of what is going on in your life or in this world.

In order to eat and drink what God is offering, you must get into His Word, the Bible. Read it and get to know who God is and what He has for you. Then step out in trust and do what His word says.

As you do these things, you will find satisfaction that will stay with you and not end in a few hours. As you continue to live for God, you will find purpose and meaning for your life that will satisfy better than anything this world has to offer.

Don’t labor for what does not satisfy, try God.

I pray today that you will know God; that you will hunger for His Word; that you will be satisfied with God alone in your life; that you will find purpose in serving God; and that God will meet all of your needs.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 The Duty Of Every Person

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Solomon started out this book stating that everything is meaningless. As one reads through it, he shows how worthless everything is in this life. People are born, they live for a while and they die. There does not appear to be any meaning in this life for what a person goes through.

As he finishes the book, he points out that everything has been considered and he came up with a conclusion. That conclusion is that the whole purpose of every person on this earth is to fear God and obey Him.

Having this viewpoint in a person’s life, puts God as the One who is in absolute control of everything and knows what is best for everyone. In the end this will be seen when God brings every deed into judgment. This is not just the deeds that are physically seen, but those that are hidden behind closed doors, or are hidden inside the thoughts of the mind.

This judgment will also include all deeds, both the good ones and the sinful ones. God is not just one-sided, He looks at everything, the whole person.

Some people may now say that keeping His commandments is difficult. On the surface this appears to be true, but if you really look at it, there are only two commandments to really keep. Those commandments are: love God, and love your neighbor.

If you are showing true love to God and your neighbor, you will not do anything to harm either one in any way. This includes harmful thoughts in the quiet of your mind, along with the physical actions many do.

Many people are searching for a purpose in this world. You may be searching for your purpose in this world. Now you know what it is: love God and love your neighbors.

Show your love to God and your neighbors by telling them about Jesus and what Jesus has done and will do for them. Be the witness of Jesus to this world today. That is what Jesus did and wants you to do today.

I pray today that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that you will see the opportunities to be His witness; that you will love God; and that you will show God’s love to everyone else.

Ephesians 2:10 Finding Purpose In Life

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

People everywhere are trying to find out their purpose in this life. This occurs from young middle school children, all the way through senior citizen adults. Everyone wants to know why they are there and what they are to do.

Various people have “found” their purpose in different things. Some find it in their workplace, others in their family, or sports, or a hobby, or education. There are some that find purpose in standing up for the rights of other people in the government systems around the world.

While many have found their purpose, there are many more who have not. Thousands of people commit suicide every year because of not having any purpose in life. They feel like their life is worthless and no one cares about them. They have not found their purpose in life.

Paul calls every person God’s handiwork. Every person was created by God. When God created a person, He did it with the thought that some day that person would follow Jesus and have a purpose in life, to do good works. God already had that person’s days laid out. There was to be meaning and purpose in life.

As a believer you can know what that purpose is. You are to ask God for wisdom in your life. This will help you know your purpose. Jesus said that He sent the Holy Spirit to guide you in your life.

God will show you the plans He has made for you. He will give you purpose and meaning to your life. It is different for each person, yet the overall purpose will always to be more like Jesus, love God, love others, and build His kingdom by being His witness.

The ways of doing these things are as numerous as the sand grains on the seashore. Use every opportunity in life to accomplish one of these areas in your life. This will give you purpose that is meaningful and eternal. The things of this world are only temporary. Don’t seek temporary purpose, but the eternal purpose in Christ Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal to you His purpose for you for today; that you will step up to the purpose God has for you; that you will find meaning in life in Christ Jesus; and that you will be His witness daily to every person you meet.

John 3:6 Spiritual Birth

“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” John 3:6

Nicodemus, one of the leading Pharisees, came to Jesus to ask Him some questions. He noticed that there was something different about Jesus and that God must be working in and through Him. Jesus then tells him about the need to be born again. As anyone would be, Nicodemus was confused and asked how that could happen. Jesus talked about the need to be born of the Spirit.

Every human mother has always given birth to another human. No human has ever given birth to anyone different or anything different. It is the natural way of things.

Along with the birth of humans, every person on the earth has given birth to worldly pleasures in their own life. The world does not know how to give birth to real life.

The life the world looks at and thinks is life, is in reality death. It is a slow death that will last for eternity. The pleasures of this world only last a short time and then are over.

Men and women have searched for meaning and pleasure in life. No matter what is found it has always been an empty meaning and pleasure. All the good words, self-help books, and good moral teachings will leave a person short of real life. Only in Jesus can there be found any meaning or real pleasure.

Many churches have even bought into this type of thinking. They try to make the church look fun and good to the world rather than pointing people to Jesus. It is the sinner-friendly church. There is no real spiritual change in their lives. Only Jesus can bring about real life.

God is Spirit. Only He can give life to the spirit of a person. When God gives this new life to a person through belief in Jesus, that person is truly living life and knows true meaning and purpose in this life.

Are you born of the Spirit? Or are you just born of the flesh? Are you telling others about being born of the Spirit? Or are you just speaking the ways of this world?

I pray today that you will know true spiritual birth in Jesus; that you will be spiritually alive; that you will turn from all sinful ways; and that you will turn from sinful fleshly desires.

John 1:31Reason For What You Do

“I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed in Israel.” John 1:31

John the Baptist was going around baptizing people. He was calling them to a life of repentance and turning back to God. As he was doing this he also stated that someone greater than himself was coming. His whole purpose in baptizing the people was to reveal the one to come, who was Jesus. When Jesus appeared, John quickly pointed all the people to Him.

People all over the world are looking for a purpose in this life. Many cannot seem to find any purpose for their being. They lose hope and give up. There are many who give up to the point of committing suicide.

Others will turn to things to cope with having no purpose. Drugs, sex, food, porn, careers, and many other things are what people find their purpose in. All of these things are temporary. Although some, like food and careers, can be good, they cannot give the true purpose for the life of a person.

God made man to have a relationship with Him and to point others to Jesus. Everything that you say and do is for these two purposes.

John was baptizing people to reveal Jesus. What are you doing today to reveal Jesus?

God has placed you in a position at a job in order to reveal Jesus in that workplace. God has placed you in the checkout line at the grocery store to reveal Jesus to someone. God has placed you in the hospital for you to reveal Jesus to those there.

Whenever you do something, do not do it just because it needs to be done or to earn a paycheck. Do not do it just for yourself. Be willing to do it for an opportunity to point someone to Jesus. Use every opportunity you can to point people to Jesus.

Lift Jesus up. Show the world who He is. Do not be selfish in what you do. Allow everything to be done for the glory of God.

I pray today that God will reveal ways to show Jesus to others; that God will reveal His purpose for you today; that you will see God’s purpose in everything that occurs in your life; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is; and that God will build His kingdom through you.