Faithful Fervent Living
For you are called to freedom, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. (The love as God demonstrates through His Son, Jesus) Galatians 5:13
Christ should remain the focus in our life, and we should remain vigilant to the confession we made in claiming his name. It does not matter how long we have faithfully lived since we confessed Christ as our Lord and Savior, we still must realize that we still fall short when we compare our life with his example. This side of heaven we can never make ourselves like him, though he remains the focus of our life.
Those of us who seriously and actively strive to imitate the life and passion of our Lord, we will discover that vision offers an abundance that is more than necessary and beneficial for us, and we will therefore never need to look towards anywhere, anything or anyone else. His life when lived out in our hearts, soul and mind reveals an abundant and rewarding lifestyle that is unrivaled in this world. We would also have no doubt that if the crucified Christ truly lived in our hearts, we would promptly be instructed in all truth, which will guide the way we live our life in this world.
Faithful fervent living means we accept the Gospel to guide our life choices so that we will do well in all that is commanded of us. However, there are those who claim to be living by faith, but are negligent and cold, and they are experiencing trial after trial, and are afflicted on all sides. They experience no inward comfort, and external comforts are seldom realized in their lives. Their claim to membership in the faith is all they have to identify themselves, but they are negligent and do not live faithful fervent lives that reflect the confession they claim. As long as they seek their own freedom and ease, they will always live in distress and conflict, because though they try to be like others of the faith, one thing or another constantly displeases them.
If only we could live our lives only needing to praise, honor, and glorify God as our Lord, with our mouth and heart! If only we could live our lives never needing to concern ourselves about the necessities of this mortal, temporal life, such as eating, drinking and sleeping. When we come to the point of life when we do not seek comfort from anyone or anything else that is of this world, then we will begin to enjoy God for who he is more perfectly. We will then truly know how to be content with whatever circumstances befalls us in this life, and not rejoice in great matters or be sorrowful in small matters, but completely and confidently surrender ourselves to God – who will be to us our all in all. We will recognize that to him nothing perishes or dies, but all things live for and serve him in all matters without reservation, hesitation or exception. Such is the identification of faithful fervent living with a focus solely upon glorifying God, just as Christ demonstrated and encouraged to all believers.
My daily prayer: My heavenly Father, my gracious Savior and Lord, I thank you for your revelation of your way, truth, and life. Without understanding the “Good News” that you reveal, I would never understand how to approach and benefit from the abundant life that you, my Heavenly Father has in store for me. Lord, be patient with me and my family as we grow in our knowledge and thus our relationship with you each day. I pray that my life will inspire others in my family, and others that you direct before me along the way, to set aside their ways, their truth, and their lives to discover the genuine and abundant life available when we focus our lives upon imitating your life, my Lord and Savior. May my faithful fervent focus be upon pleasing you, and not upon what I believe would please me, because I am certain you know much better than myself what is best for me – and that is living a life faithfully fervent for you. Amen
For additional Reading: Romans 10:10; 11:36; 2 Corinthians 9:13; 1 Timothy 6:12; Hebrews 3:1; 4:14; 10:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 8:6; 11:1; 12:6; 15:28 Ephesians 3:16-17; John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13-14; Acts 26:29