Monday, June 1, 2015

Life is more than the pursuit of earthly things.

Luke 4:4 But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say, 'People need more than bread for their life.'"

We act as if bread was enough. We spend our entire lives working for bread to sustain us. We make careers out of it. Everything we live for flows from our need for bread. We become so engrossed in our pursuit of that which sustains our lives that we confuse our need with our wants. We act as if nothing else matters.

However, Jesus reminds us that life is more than the pursuit of earthly things. Life is not just what we can provide for ourselves. Life is more than our temporary existence on earth. Life is eternal. From the moment of our conception onward, we have eternal life. The part of us that thinks, feels, and moves us into action, will never die. Whether we like it or not doesn't matter. We are souls in human flesh. Life is determined by the choices we make. Each decision we make regarding our souls is an investment in eternity. We choose whom we serve, where we will spend eternity, and how we will spend eternity.

He who squanders the opportunities Christ gives him to repent will suffer the most when he rejects Christ. And, He who serves Christ in love and humility will be rewarded the most. We need much more than what we can find in the world for life; we need Christ.

Yes, we need bread for our physical lives. We need to take care of our basic needs for life. But, do not neglect your most important need, a right relationship with Christ. If we are able to take care of everything you need for this life and lose your soul, you have lost everything. The most basic need of life is our relationship with God.

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