Galatians 5:24-25 (MSG)
24 Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.
25 Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.
A short while ago I heard a song that got my attention in a major way. The song is entitled “Live like we’re dying.” As I listened to the lyrics, it began to resonate strongly within me, and as a matter of fact it still does. I did some research and found that there are several songs with the same title and the lyrics are very similar. The theme seems to be – that we’re only given so much time to use, we must use the time we’re given wisely, so don’t let it pass you by . . .
This theme is one of immense truth. In life, our time is truly limited. Time is a gift that should not be wasted. Every day we arise with a day of fresh grace and mercy – freely given to us. This gift provides more than we could ever imagine. The gift of mercy covers our issues and grace protects us from the consequences of our shortcomings. Every day we wake up with an opportunity to do better than we did the day before.
The Word reminds us that, as we belong to Christ the things that the world deems important really aren’t. All of the things that used to take precedence in our lives have been crucified – they have died off. Trying to impress people who don’t like you, sacrificing integrity to keep up with the “in crowd,” living down to someone else’s standards, making self the priority . . . all of these things are no longer a part of who we are in Him. They are all dying as we are crucified with Christ and relieve the passions of this world. Knowing this, knowing the life that we have available in Christ, we have a responsibility to make the most of every day, in every facet of our lives. We now walk in the Spirit of God having the power, purpose and passion to live in great possibility.
Embracing this new possibility enables us to live our days walking in the character and purpose of God, as we allow the Holy Spirit to operate and guide us. We now live our days loving beyond self and allowing the God in us to shine through us. It is this kind of daily walk that will allow us to love with the compassion of Christ, loving our neighbor as ourselves and become involved in the change, transformation, and healing of our community. This daily walk will avail self to the touch of Christ as He molds us into the persons He has destined us to be. This daily walk will allow us to be open to the possibility of God.
Every day we should live like we are dying to what was and start giving life to what will be. It is time to give life to the hopes and dreams latent within our visions and passions. No longer are we to talk ourselves out of our tomorrow because of yesterday’s failures. What “they” say no longer matters. In this day, it is all about the greatness of God that resides within you. In this new giving of life, take time to share a word of love and compassion with someone, offer help and prayer for a friend in need, allow God to use you to make a difference in your community.
Allow the power of God to push you to purpose. Dying to the world’s system avails us to God’s way of catapulting us to His purpose and promise for our lives. Take every day, every moment seriously and work toward what God has promised you. Start the business, write the book, take the leap of faith knowing that as we walk in the Spirit – the Spirit shall guide! Time is a gift from God – A gift to be valued and used wisely.
This year die to doubt, despair and distraction and start giving life to the greatness and possibility of God! Die to what was and Live for what will be!!
Live Like We’re Dyin’!!!