I Corinthians 10:31

The Awesome Gift

We have now received the gift of a new day.  Each day consists of 86,400 seconds, and it is our choice of what to do with this time.  These students in this picture have decided that the best way to invest their life (time) this day is to challenge their minds and become better servants for the Lord.

This new day, God’s gift to us, is ours to invest or squander away.  How we utilize this day is our choice.  But since we do not know what to do, as believers, we are instructed in the Bible to:

  1. Commit all to the Lord:  Proverbs 16:3
  2. Pray for wisdom: James 1:53
  3. Surrender all to the Lord:  Romans 12:1-2
  4. Be determined to obey the Lord in all things:  I Corinthians 10:31
  5. Be careful to make right choices: Proverbs 27:12
  6. Be thankful in the Lord: I Thessalonians 5:18
  7. Fear God and keep His commandments: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

 How we use these next few hours will bring joy, blessing, happiness, and productivity or sadness, regret, waste, and sorrow.  As one wise Bible teacher has instructed, “don’t waste your life,” and life comes to us one day at a time.  Let’s rejoice in the Lord, commit to do His will at all times, and be a light in a dark world this day.

One Brick at a Time

The building of an obedient and strong Christian life is one choice and decision at a time.  Just as these workers in Zambia prepare bricks to build the children’s home one brick at a time, so our life is built in the same fashion.

In a society of instant and quick things, we often forget that it is in the daily decisions and choices that our life is made strong or weak.  What seem like “little” factors eventually turn out to be vital ingredients to life.  The “little” choice to do that which is contrary to Scripture seems almost insignificant but piles up day after day to create more problems than one could imagine.

Waiting for the verdict from the judge, the person under investigation thinks often of the many “little” things that never should have been done and said.  We must be careful each day to exercise self-control in all the details of life.  Just as bricks eventually add up to enough to make a house, our decisions and choices add up to make a life.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself. Be a hard master to yourself and be lenient to everybody else.” Henry Ward Beecher

Diligence and Care are Important

Taking care of our garden of vegetables is critically important if we expect to reap a good crop of food as these workers are doing in Zambia.

It is necessary that we take care of our life and to keep in line with God’s Word.  The fleshly nature tends to let things go and not be concerned about self-control and diligence.  However, the Word of God has much to say about taking aggressive care of our habits, thoughts, and desires as these all have an effect on our “life garden.”

We must take great caution and exercise self-control in all matters of life as we daily walk, live, talk, and conduct our life in obedience to the Word of God.

We must be careful to practice self-control and obedience to God’s Word in every aspect of life. It is vitally important that we are on guard daily and alert to the attacks and traps of the enemy.  (Ephesians 6:10-16)