Friday, December 21, 2012

The Treadmill Doesn't Seem to be Working, Dear

     "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." - Ephesians 2:10, ESV
     Some might think that fulfilling God's will for your life really starts to happen once you become an adult and have a family, but we can many times forget that even while we're young we still have a responsibility to do God's will; to spread His message to the world.  Sometimes God uses our young years and our singleness to allow us to be better fit to serve Him.  Sometimes God calls people to not marry and simply serve Him all their years without a family.  The apostle Paul is an example of this.  However, most of us will eventually become "un-single" and will begin a new path of life.  Utilizing our years of singleness, then, is a very important tool to help us grow closer to God and to prepare us for our future.  Thus today's points deal mostly (but not entirely) on our younger years:
"A Real Woman uses her years of singleness to seek and serve God without distraction, and is content to leave the details of her future up to Him."
"A Real Man doesn't try to prove himself but is simply confident as he walks in the fear of the Lord." 
     As with the apostle Paul, God can use our years of singleness to share His gospel in ways that others could not.  1 Corinthians 2:9 says, "But, as it is written, 'What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.'"  Worrying about the future is not what God has planned for a young woman's life.  Being content in knowing that He has control over what will happen and has a magnificent plan for you is all that matters.  Until then, however, seeking and serving God and fulfilling His will today is enough.  

     The book of Psalms displays beautifully the love David had for God: "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you." (Psalm 73:25)  This same love is what seeking and serving God is all about.  

     For us guys, this point carries on throughout our entire lives.  Trying to "prove" ourselves to others is something many of us do, and yet it doesn't get anywhere.  It's like running on a treadmill, trying to get somewhere but not moving an inch (and this kind of treadmill has no health benefits).  Matthew 10:28 confronts this: "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."  There's really no point in trying to prove ourselves to others.  Sure, improving our lifestyle is good, but not if our main intent is to look good compared to other people.  

     In 1 Samuel, God tells us "man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."  In addition to this, Jeremiah 17:10 shows just how God looks at the heart: "I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."  Because man's opinions have no value, our main purpose is to glorify and honor our Lord and Savior.

     As you can see from scripture, Christ wants us to solely live for Him and dedicate ourselves especially in our years of singleness.  If we let Him, he can do amazing things in our lives.