Woes and Blessings

Read: Luke 6:1-26

By: Pastor Jarren Rogers

“Living for God’s glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives.” – Rick Warren

What do you live for?

Some people live for the sake of money. When their stocks are rising so is their attitude. Every extra digit in their bank account is another reason to be happy. Their fat wallet and shiny car is where their pride lies. Every day, every hour, every minute, in pursuit of the dollar bill.   

Some people live for the sake of food. When they are stressed out, they eat. When they are sad, they eat. When they are happy, they eat. Junk food and snack food fill their cabinets, their stomachs, and their hearts. Every day, every hour, every minute in pursuit of the next meal.

Some people live for the sake of experience. A story to tell, a trip to take, a situation to encounter. They seek the latest feat with zeal. They tell of their experiences with pride and with delight. If they aren’t on the move, they aren’t happy. With their hiking boots, their backpacks, their passports, their cars, there is comfort. Every day, every hour, every minute in pursuit of the next adventure.

Some people live for the sake of flattery. A compliment, applause, commendation; each one slaps a smile on their face. A deed, a job, a sentence, if not followed by praise is lost, forgotten, and pointless. Each action is formed by how people will react, each word shaped by how people will respond. Every day, every hour, every minute in pursuit of admiration.

Some people live for the sake of Christ. When their stocks are rising they give praise to God. Every extra digit in their bank account is another reason to be generous. Their fat wallet and shiny car are used in service to the Kingdom. Every day, every hour, every minute, in pursuit of God.   

Some people live for the sake of Christ. When they are stressed out, they pray. When they are sad, they pray. When they are happy, they pray. Patience and goodness fill their minds, their souls, and their hearts. Every day, every hour, every minute in pursuit of God.

Some people live for the sake of Christ. A story to rewrite, a trip to take in faith, a Creator to encounter. They seek the latest calling with zeal. They tell of their testimonies with thanksgiving and delight. If they aren’t in His will, they aren’t happy. In following His plan there is comfort. Every day, every hour, every minute in pursuit of God.

Some people live for the sake of Christ. A compliment, applause, commendation; each one is turned up to He who deserves all the praise. A deed, a job, a sentence, if not followed by praise is another opportunity to offer glory to God. Each action is formed by what God desires, each word shaped by how Christ would respond. Every day, every hour, every minute in pursuit of God.

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