Our pastor introduced us to this theme yesterday and it was pretty challenging for me. “How then shall I live?”, I couldn't help asking myself that question. He mentioned a couple of statements. He said that we need to go beyond man-made barriers and in my mind, I am thinking, “ohhh boy, this is going to be interesting!!!” We ought to be passionate for things beyond us (man-made barriers!). Lack of passion for the things of God has caused a lot of us to have no natural affection for Jesus. This causes us to shift allegiance according to comfort, happiness and whatever makes us feel good.
He cautioned us to always be aware that we are at War fighting for our own soul. And that we need to be honest about the battles inside of us. “ Living for Jesus is real war”. There will be tensions caused because of our service and association with Him. We should therefore stop living with a peace-time mentality because that will not work. There is war for my heart, war for my soul, war for the souls of others, battle against sin (which causes us to exchange the glory of God for the glory of self), battle against strongholds of human reasoning and false arguments.
How then shall we live??? I thought about this question once more. We ought to be Kingdom-focused. Mt 6:19- 20 , "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal . But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
I was driven to think deeply on how much value has been attached to things that are not of value. Our pastor illustrated with a currency note and he asked us, “why is this paper, worth the amount on it?” I had never thought about that before. It was because of the value that was given to it (value added to the paper by the government). What things have I given so much significance/ value? Where have I attached inner hope and contentment? Am I treasuring things of eternal Value? How am I living? So many questions, I know. But this will help me determine so many dynamics of my life. What I treasure, will affect every other aspect of my life. It will command my desires, shape my life. My walk with Jesus will be propelled or victimized by what I treasure.
We must then live for the Glory of God. The Passover prayer celebration was great. One of speakers said that we should live for the kingdom and righteousness and all other things will fall in place. I will not forget that statement because he was really passionate about this. He kept saying, “as you walk in life, move with one foot toward righteousness, and the other toward Kingdom.”
If you ask me now, how then shall we live? The answer is Live for Righteousness, and for the Kingdom.