Every Second Counts

You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while
and then vanishes away.

(James 4:14 NASB)

Be very careful, then, how you live —
not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity,
because the days are evil.
(Ephesians 5:16)

Stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:58)

God’s message is clear.
Life on this planet is short. Eternity is long. Live like it.

LIVE FOR GOD TODAY

Losing Our Religion?

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

According to a new study released yesterday, the percentage of Americans who call themselves Christians has dropped from 86% in 1990 to 76% today. The number of people who say they have no religion has almost doubled — from 8.2% in 1990 to 15.0%. The number of Muslims is increasing, as are those who believe in Scientology, Wicca and Santeria.

What in the world is going on? Great question.

Another recent study might provide some answers. Researchers from the Barna Institute asked young people (16 to 29-year-olds) how they view Christianity. A whopping 49% had a negative view. When asked to describe Christians, here were the most popular answers:

  • judgmental
  • hypocritical
  • out of touch with reality
  • boring
  • insensitive
  • confusing
  • more concerned with converting rather than loving
  • too political

So, what in the world should we do?

We should never compromise our beliefs just to be more popular. Jesus tells us that we shouldn’t be surprised if the world hates us. But the Bible also promises that if we let the Holy Spirit work in our lives, here’s what people will see (notice that it’s a slightly different list than the one above):

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • gentleness
  • faithfulness
  • self control

KEEP IN STEP WITH THE SPIRIT

Live Life to the Fullest

I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

I’d like to share an amazing essay written by a twelve-year-old girl named Brooke Bronkowski . . .

SINCE I HAVE MY LIFE BEFORE ME

I’ll live my life to the fullest. I’ll be happy. I’ll brighten up. I will be more joyful than I have ever been. I will be kind to others. I will loosen up. I will tell others about Christ. I will go on adventures and change the world. I will be bold and not change who I really am. I will have no troubles but instead help others with their troubles.

You see, I’ll be one of those people who live to be history makers at a young age. Oh, I’ll have moments, good and bad, but I’ll wipe away the bad and only remember the good. In fact that’s all I remember, just good moments, nothing in between, just living my life to the fullest. I’ll be one of those people who go somewhere with a mission, an awesome plan, a world-changing plan, and nothing will hold me back. I’ll set an example for others, I will pray for direction.

I have my life before me. I will give others the joy I have and God will give me more joy. I will do everything God tells me to do. I will follow the footsteps of God. I will do my best!!!

Brooke didn’t just write these words — she lived them. She started a Bible study with her friends at school and spent all her babysitting money on Bibles to give away to others.

Two years later, when she was just a freshman in high school, Brooke was killed in a car accident while driving to the movies. But that’s not the end of the story. Far from it. In the words of her pastor, Francis Chan:

Nearly fifteen hundred people attended Brooke’s memorial service. People from her public high school read poems she had written about her love for God. Everyone spoke of her example and her joy.

I shared the gospel and invited those who wanted to know Jesus to come up and give their lives to Him. There must have been at least two hundred students on their knees at the front of the church praying for salvation. Ushers gave a Bible to each of them. They were Bibles that Brooke had kept in her garage, hoping to give out to all of her unsaved friends.

In one day, Brooke led more people to the Lord than most ever will.

Life is precious. Don’t waste a second.

LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR GOD

We Are Aliens

. . . you [are] aliens and strangers in the world . . . (1 Peter 2:11)

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)

Aliens?

Think about it. We believe that:

  • We’re not really from here. Our real home is Heaven.
  • Our leader came down from Heaven to save His people.
  • He was mistreated by earthlings and killed.
  • He came back to life and then returned to Heaven.
  • He sent His Holy Spirit to continue His work on Earth.
  • The Holy Spirit lives inside us.
  • Our leader will one day return to Earth, we’ll meet Him “in the air” and then He’ll take us home to live with Him forever.

Sounds pretty freaky. But it’s true.

Christians should be different. We should stand out. We should be a little strange. We should be aliens.

So, what’s our mission here on Earth? To “live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12)

Want to really stand out? Love your enemies. Be joyful in tough times. Be humble. Be gentle. Be like Jesus.

REMEMBER WHERE YOU’RE FROM