The way you live your life is not just for you, it’s for others too. When you live to please God, it pleases Him because it allows Him to use you to bless someone else. Life truly begins to happen when you realize that “life” itself is not about you. When you come to understand this, everything else begins to make sense. The good breaks and the upsets, the connections and the breakups, the wealth of financial resources and the struggle to make ends meet–they all begin to make sense in a different way. You begin to see the highs and lows of life as an opportunity to learn more about what God wants to do with you and your life. You begin to learn that He wants to use you and your life regardless of the circumstances. You begin to understand that your life has purpose regardless of your popularity or notoriety because your life belongs to Him. You even begin to see God re-use you in circumstances where the world would have discarded you.
Suddenly, God’s commands click (aha!) and you begin to understand that His commands are not to restrain you, rather they are there to guide you. His commands to walk in love with your enemies (Matt. 5:44); do right when others do you wrong (Luke 6:31); and show honor to all people regardless of title (Rom. 12:10), are in place to set you up for a life of favor. As others observe your favor-filled life, they begin to become drawn to you. They begin to wonder “what is it about this girl or guy?” Their intuitiveness opens up a door for a conversation about Jesus, and your life becomes that person’s story of salvation. Your life becomes their story of healing and restoration from a broken heart or a deferred dream. Your life becomes their inspiration to help them believe in themselves and utilize their God-given talents. The way you live your life gives them hope to believe that their life has purpose and meaning. The way you live your life matters more than you’ll ever know.
We are often so busy with our challenges that we forget our life is a living testimony. We underestimate the power of our faithfulness to God because we don’t always see instant results. Others do not always treat us fairly and therefore, there are times when we consider cutting the corners like those around us. We think to ourselves, “she’s not always kind to others and God still blesses her…it’s okay if I tell this woman off this one time. Jesus knows how much she irritates me. He’ll understand…”
At some point in time, all of us consider giving God a watered-down version of our faithfulness. However, God encourages us not to grow weary in well-doing and to continue to fight the good fight of faith. He says this because your fight is someone else’s victory. Someone is paying attention to you and your life is making an impact on their life. Your decisions to honor God are planting seeds in their heart that will soon grow into a mighty harvest. Your life will cause them to rise higher and become a better person.
Be encouraged to continue honoring God in all that you do. Your life makes the greatest impact, when you receive the least recognition because it shows that you are a man or woman of great character, even when no one else is watching (Matt. 25:23). It shows others that they can trust you and count on you to do what is right at all times.
We are close to the end of the year. You have been so faithful in the small things. Don’t stop now. Keep going. Your life is a pillar that keeps the kingdom of God going strong. Your life is reaching, touching and influencing others. Your reward will arrive soon (Matt. 6:4)…
God bless you & Happy Monday! =)