Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24, NLT).
The Gospel has been alive through the centuries because many were willing to stand strong no matter what they faced. It has remained powerful because those who believed in Jesus Christ were willing to suffer and some to even die for it. These faithful lived for the Truth which had changed their own lives, and were able to spread its message through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Living for Jesus Christ has nothing to do with the body. It is all about the soul. The life you live in Jesus is not about what is comfortable. It is not about how you feel, or even your circumstance. We often choose the easier way–the one less strenuous and risky. He calls us to walk in the way of Truth–to be willing to lay down our lives if necessary. It is a hard calling, but it is ours, and it for our utter fulfillment in this life.
If you live your calling, you are molded by His faithful and unchanging Truth. You blossom spiritually through all the struggles you face because He is your power. You are alive in depths that only He has rendered. Your joy surpasses anything else you have ever known.
If you refuse His calling, His purpose in your life is thwarted. If you reject His calling, your spiritual growth is deferred. You discover a sadness that cannot be appeased, and spiritual sorrow that grieves your spirit.
Living for Jesus is not about feeling. He is about truth and commitment. Stand strong in Him. Live what is best for your soul. Be willing to face each obstacle that commitment to Him brings. Your reward will be exceedingly great. Your soul will rejoice that you have not only grown closer to Him, but that in Him, you have discovered more of Him and less of yourself. You have discovered real life.
You are called. I am called. The one who calls us is always faithful. He can never deny what He has already given so freely. Let's step out in faith, and discover just how far He can take us.
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