CHRISTIAN LIFE  



Earthly Priorities







While we wait for eternity, we still have work to do. What should be our priorities on earth? How can we serve, praise, and honor Jesus before we see Him face to face?


Day One: Take up your Cross
Let's begin with what Jesus didn't mean. Many people interpret "cross" as some burden they must carry in their lives: a strained relationship, a thankless job, a physical illness. With self-pitying pride, they say, "That's my cross I have to carry"...
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For more, see: "Deny Yourself"


Day Two: Being Fruitful
The Bible often uses the metaphor of fruit to describe the produce of our lives. Fruit can be either good or bad (Matthew 7:18; Luke 6:43). Romans 7:5 says, "For when we were in the realm of the flesh...we bore fruit for death"...
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For more, see: "What is the key to bearing fruit as a Christian?"


Day Three: Seeking the Kingdom
Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:33). The verse's meaning is as direct as it sounds. We are to seek the things of God as a priority over the things of the world...
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Day Four: Forgetting the Past
The apostle Paul ends a section in Philippians 3 by saying, "One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus"...
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Day Five: An Abundant Life
In John 10:10, Jesus said, "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." Unlike a thief, the Lord Jesus does not come for selfish reasons...
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For more, see: "What is abundant life?"


Day Six: Joy
Joy is something we all long for but that often seems difficult to grab hold of. Experiencing joy should be a part of every Christian's life. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, produced only by God's work in us...
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Image Credit: Ben W "Procrastination is an art"; Creative Commons



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Published 12-10-15