EMBRACING GOD

A rich, satisfying experience, even in tough times, can be obtained only by making God the center of our lives. You may say, “But I want to be the center of my life.” I have known people who put themselves at the center of their universe. I was one of them. They are, in a word, selfish. Take another look at your heart. Do you want to love, to share, and to bless others? Well, you need to put God first. Only by abiding in Christ, or staying connected to Him, letting Him mold your character to the likeness of His own, can you be equipped to truly love others.

There is no love without sacrifice. Who of us can deny Christ loves us? He gave His life for each of us. He reconciled us to God. While abiding in Christ, He gives us the power to carve out those bad habits and those unloving behaviors and pitch them. Only then will we reflect Him and be a source of blessing to others.

You may wonder, is the act of blessing others, bringing happiness, the true meaning of life? Many philosophers as well as ordinary people have struggled with the meaning of life question. Some say we live to love others, many say we live for pleasure, while others are comfortable without an answer to this question.

God says in His written Word, the Bible, that we live first and foremost to love and obey Him, our Creator. But why love God, some question? The Bible stresses: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Solomon, the God inspired author of this verse, recognized that fearing God means to hold God in awe. Beyond that, to obey His Ten Commandments simply ensures our happiness because it acknowledges that we accept His being in control. He is a benevolent, loving God and He is above all other gods. To think the god of pleasure will bring us happiness is an illusion, because it showers us with only fleeting moments of bliss.

God promises us an eternity with Him if we but follow Him, accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior. We need not, nor cannot earn salvation through good works, although good works go hand-in-hand with an abiding faith in God. Instead, we believe in Christ, our Savior, looking to His perfect life and death. He died as our substitute to satisfy the wages of sin which is death. His Word says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). By repenting of our sins we show we love God enough to have Him reproduce His image in us. We no longer live for self, but for Him.

Christ beckons us: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

When we follow Christ we are freed from the bondage sin creates. Christ teaches us humility and we no longer feel societal pressure to be the best. We can rest in being precious in His sight and will become all God has planned for us, all the while feeling His loving embrace. This, I think is an admirable goal and at the heart of the meaning of life.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

4 comments so far

  1. Barbara Dickson on

    Dear Betsy;

    Thank you for that message! 🙂 I feel I need to read it sometimes daily. It encourages me. 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with me. How are you doing? Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? I live in Berlin in an apt. building now since Feb.6th of this year. I love it here. Take Care Love-in-Christ, Barb 🙂

    Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:16:55 +0000 To: saved1974@hotmail.com

    • betsyborchardt on

      Barb,

      Thanks for taking time to read my post. I am so happy it is of help and encouragement to you. We can keep in touch by e-mail.
      Love-in-Christ, Betsy

  2. robin claire on

    Hi Betsy,
    God loves me. He loves the heck out of me. He gave me the Holy Spirit to live inside me and I feel this Spirit in me almost 24/7. I guess I need this to keep me held together because, basically, by myself, I’m a horrible mess.
    Thanks for writing a great blog. I feel like we are similar in ways. Did you have a hard time growing up too? I used to be an Atheist. Did you come to Christ later in life?
    robin claire

    • betsyborchardt on

      robin claire,
      Thanks for taking the time for reading my post and liking it. I’m so happy you feel the presence of the Holy Spirit within you. That you embrace God is wonderful. God gives all of us the choice to connect with Him or not. And yes, we have alot in common with having a difficult time growing up. Watch for my e-mail.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: