Saturday, August 6, 2011

Only One Life...

You and I get only one life down here - no do-over-reincarnation to get it right if we blow it. And we all sin in various ways though we hate sin, but that's the reason for the cross of Christ! So grateful for the cross.
 
Only one life.. but that's enough to make a choice for eternal life. We sure can't earn a life up there in heaven, but we can get a life down here..a real one ..and here is where we each must decide who we will serve.. who we will live for.  
 
Yes, we decide to trust Christ or reject Him while here on earth. We decide if we will be a fair weather followers, or become true disciples of Jesus Christ. A lot of people are preaching Christ today, but I'm talking about the one discussed in the Bible.
 
We decide who we will reach out to with the Gospel ..and God will help us with this. He cares about you and those around you more than all of us put together care. We decide to abide.. in Jesus.. instead of strive in Jesus.. or apart from Jesus. Fruitful vines never strive.  
 
Only what's done in Christ while following His lead.. only what's done with a motive to bless His Holy Name rather than self.. or others.. yup what's done for Him ..only what's done in faith and obedience to Christ ...will last.
 
It will all soon be past, wanna fast..what something great to last?
 
Why not redeem the time and make the most of every opportunity Christ leads you to?
 
Why work hard for God in the flesh or without even having God inside of you? Why do your own thing, when He wants you moving in another direction? The Apostle Paul would go through open doors and would allow God to say not here. 
 
Why ignore the Lord, or refuse to come on His terms to be born of His Spirit.. why see your religious and good works burn up and turn to ashes? What get a real call from God and then go try to fulfull it in your own strength ..or according to your own way.. and thus hurt people. Where He guides, He will provide.
 
It is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgement. Do you really know when your friends, or loved ones, or yourself will be outta here? We have today..or at least right now ..and prayer with repentance (when needed..) is a great place to start.. or restart with Jesus in this world-changing work of His. He saves people one soul at a time, and He likes to do this through real deciples.     
 
"Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life's busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life,
'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in 'that day' my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life,'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God's holy will to cleave;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years,
Each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its days I must fulfill,
living for self or in His will;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore,
When Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way,
Then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep,
In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e'er the strife,
Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn,
And from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone,
Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, "twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,"Thy will be done";
And when at last I'll hear the call,
I know I'll say "twas worth it all";
Only one life,'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last. "

Only one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I'll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee."
~ C.T Studd
 
"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment" (Heb. 9:27, nkjv).

"Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained;  whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead" (Acts 17:31).

God's future judgement is of course for sure for all those outside of Christ, but His love for you is also sure and you can respond to Him today.  

 

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Are you already in Christ? The Bible says"Jesus called out to them [to His diciples and said], 'Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!'" Matthew 4:19 

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