Grace For The Journey
The Bible says in Galatians 1:10, “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Because we have been made in the image and likeness of God, we have been made to make a eternal difference in the world around us. So . . .
The question before you and me today is this:
Are we truly making a difference that is eternal?
To be sure, there are many things that get in the way of making an eternal difference in the world around us. One of those things is our tendency to be more focused on pleasing men than on pleasing God. Make no mistake, people pleasers do not make a durable difference in the world! They find their deepest satisfaction when others are pleased and accepting of them. But this was not the life for the apostle Paul all about. He writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Acts 20:24, “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”
These are the sentiments of a man who made an eternal difference in the world. Now . . .
It was not that the apostle
Despaired of life itself;
Rather, he despised the thought
Of living life without Christ
t the center and circumference of it.
And he was willing to set all other things aside – indeed, he considered them “rubbish” (Philippians 3:8) – in order to pursue the faithful and fruitful service of his Lord. Paul made no account of his life apart from the life that the Lord Jesus had called him to live when He appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus.
Paul’s goal was to accomplish
Or finish his course or race.
He knew am eternal difference
Would only be made when
He crossed the finish line of life
Having given all he had
And all he was as
A testimony to the Gospel
Of the grace of God.
Paul purposed to live a life for something bigger than just his life; he lived for His Savior. He refused to shrink the size of his life down to the size of his life. Paul lived to please God, not man, and in doing so, he made am eternal difference as a disciple of Jesus.
Can the same be said of you today? Are you making an eternal difference by the life you are living? Your answer can be a resounding “Yes!” . . . if you are living your life for the glory of God and the good of others.
It matters not what your station in life is;
What matters is who you are living for
In your current station.
When you are living for Jesus and pouring yourself out for the advancement of His kingdom, you can know in no uncertain terms that the life you are living is making an eternal difference – in the world around you.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”