To one degree or another we are all striving towards a goal to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father in that place where there will be no more tears, death, sorrow or pain: for the former things will have passed away.
‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
As Christians, we are Living in God’s Holy Truth every day. The Bible teaches us to take up our cross and follow Jesus.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
How do we do that? Love God. Love others. Deny ourselves.
Why would we do that? Because God has promised that we will find greater joy in him than what we deny.
Exactly how do we follow Jesus by denying ourselves?
The L.I.G.H.T. Development Workbook attempts to answer that question by addressing five fundamental truths of every Christian life.
Who am I?
What’s the point of my life?
How do I have healthy relationships?
How do I forgive the unforgivable?
How do I leave a lasting legacy?
The answer to each of these questions is the same. Jesus.
Jesus is big. We are little.
The Christian life is a climb. Picture a mountain with three basic parts. The bottom (or base), the sides and the peak. We’re created at the base.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
From dust to man and womb to tomb we’re taught to seek and follow Jesus. Our identity is in God. Our purpose is found in what we experience through our obedience to God.
We can’t find God looking left or right. It’ a vertical gaze. We always look up to God. God is big. We are little. He is our Father. We are his children.
We live our lives on the sides of the mountain striving towards the apex. Our relationships and forgiveness are SALT and LIGHT. Serve And Love Together. Living In God’s Holy Truth.
Love God. Love and serve others. We obediently follow the teachings of Jesus while joyfully serving others in humility. One spirit, one mind, striving side-by-side for unity. This is the only way we will experience unity.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Christians are called to live an others-oriented life of sacrificial love and service. We unite with one another as we sojourn through life climbing the mountain side-by-side with the people God puts in our lives. All the while keeping our eyes upward, fixed on Jesus.
We will get off course from time-to-time. We will stumble and fall and lose travelers along the way, but with each detour we gain something new that helps us journey stronger. Jesus gives us the help we need to find peace in conflict, forgive one another and love our enemies.
Jesus came to serve us. He is our helper. Jesus does not carry a help wanted sign. Jesus carries a help available sign. We need his strength and service. Not the other way around.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
We are called to serve others. We use our gifts to love and build each other up in the faith.
We reach our goal when we arrive at the peak. We finish strong, having run the race with endurance leaving a mark on all those God brought to our lives by our humble, obedient faith in God. Life well lived. Legacy left. Period. End of story.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
My prayer is that God use the L.I.G.H.T. Workbook to reveal his wisdom and new truths about your life and that through his love and grace you reach the top of the mountain in your climb to L.I.G.H.T.
Climb, Little Christian. Climb.