• By Rev. Joseph A Bias

“Living the High-Life” – Doing Life Together


“…If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13- 14

We as Christians are called to a high-life — a life of integrity, a life of moral and ethical purity, a life of gratitude and generosity toward others, a life of faith, a life of peaceful loving fellowship with other believers and a life of Godly witness to the world. In short a life that looks like Jesus. Easy. Right?

Well, maybe not. We all struggle to live completely worthy of such a high calling. But I believe there must be a way to live and look like Jesus or else God would not have called us to it. First, we need to remember that it is God who calls us. So, there is really no getting around it. And because we want to please Him, we try. Second, we need to know the resources available to us to do it. We have the Holy Spirit as our teacher our helper, and our leader to guide us through the moment-by-moment dealings of our day. We have other believers, our pastors, ministers, Bible teachers and mature Christian friends to draw on their wisdom and to encourage us. Third, we need to believe that it is possible. God deals with usthrough gentleness and patience, bearing with us through our human mistakes, offences and failures. And in all these we commanded walk by faith and not by site.

Therefore, what we have been given of gentleness, patience, kindness and forbearance we have the possibility of sharing the same with othersin an attitude of humility. We can care for one another because God cares for us. This is how we do life together.

Prayer

“Loving, Father God, in the name of Jesus, I thank You for the patience, forbearance, and gentleness You always show to us. Help us to share in the same way when dealing with others who are part of the family of God and to be generous and loving toward others who are not. When faced with an offence, help us to be kind. When dealing with one who is immature and unskilled in Your ways help us to be patient with them. When we see a fellow beleiver in need, give us the compasion to extend our help without heisitation or doubt. Help us to look more like Jesus through our actions so that we can live the high-life worthy of the calling to which You have called us. Thank You Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Image: It was considered the best photo of this century. A lioness and her cub were crossing the Savannah but the heat was excessive and the cub was in great difficulty walking. An elephant realized that the cub would die and carried him in his trunk to a pool of water walking beside his mother.

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