Does It Really Matter
Does It Really Matter?
Now that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, does it really matter how we live our lives? Does it matter how we spend our time? Do our priorities matter at all? I mean we have prayed the prayer and invited Him into our heart, so can’t we check that off our To Do list and just focus on living our best life?
Does it really matter if we read the Bible? We go to church and hear a sermon most weeks. We read the verse of the day and follow some pastors on Instagram. We are good people. We really try to do right and make our children behave, isn’t that enough? Do we really need to find time to study God’s word?
Does it really matter if I have a relationship with Jesus? It is hard enough to maintain a healthy relationship with my spouse and my friends. How am I supposed to “know Him” intimately? That just seems weird. Can’t I just love Him from afar?
Do these questions ever run through your thoughts? Does it matter? Does it really matter?
Maybe the better question is, does it really matter to you?
If someone was reading your life as if reading a book, what would they believe matters most to you?
Life on earth is signified by our start date and our end date, with a dash in the center. We have all seen the graphic that says it is the dash – the time between the start and the end that matters most.
Well, our Christianity is signified by our salvation (the beginning) and our glorification (when we are face to face with Christ). In between our salvation and our glorification lies our sanctification – the process of God transforming us, changing us, helping us lay our flesh down and becoming more and more like Jesus – all the way until He takes us home to be with Him. Sanctification is our progression to holiness. So, this period of sanctification is what matters most to us as believers.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
It is our relationship with Jesus that offers sanctification. As we come to know Him more and more, we grow to love Him more and more. It is our love for Him that will propel us to be obedient to Him and live the life we are called to live.
We come to know Jesus more by studying God’s word. It is our time in the word and our time in prayer that reveals Jesus to us. The more we come to know Him, the deeper our relationship with Him grows. This is how we come to experience Him and know His will.
Nothing can fulfill our need for the truth of God’s word. It is powerful and relevant and filled with the wisdom that can only come from God. The more we get into the Word, the more it gets into us and sets us apart. We learn to live by the truth of the Word and not by what the world says.
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. John 17:17
So… does it really matter? Does it matter if you grow in your relationship with Jesus, if you study God’s word and how you live your life? Does it matter to you? Does it matter to those who are watching you? Does it matter? It does. It really does.
Want to know more about sanctification?
Study John 17
Look up sanctification in the Concordance of your Bible and study the listed scriptures.
Visit this link - https://www.gotquestions.org/sanctification.html
Happy Summer!!! Stay in the word, don’t take a vacay from it! We need it more than ever! Be sure to invite your friends to join us here.
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