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Live With Purpose And Joy!

The scripture which follows is from the first two verses of Chapter 12 of Romans (The Message version). I believe this version is one of the best modern-day interpretations of this scripture passage. It makes a believer think through the purpose and opportunity of each day. It reminds us we are “Easter people,” meaning we have the opportunity to live each day with grace and for Holy Spirit revival and new life.

“So, here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2, The Message) 

The problem we are challenged with is not to fall into a life of quickly passing seasons that drag us down and become mundane. We can easily lose our appreciation of everyday life! May is a month in the Sierra Mountains which is about change. We move from April rain and snow to May flowers. We put the long winter behind us. We put bikes on trails and boats on lakes. Living here, we have the chance to see the spectacular beauty of Yosemite Valley. We anticipate the warm days and late sunsets of an approaching summer. Yet, the warm days can pass quickly and all too soon, we find ourselves in Fall. The things of summer will be stored once again, and we will get ready for another Sierra winter. So, I try to listen to what Paul wrote from a Roman prison to the believers in Rome. Make each day and each season count as people who live for God with grace and eternal life. Do not let oneself be dragged down to the level of modern-day “immaturity,” or by the culture in which we live. Each season–spring, summer, the colors of fall and the rain and snow of winter– has opportunity and purpose, just as our everyday life has purpose for God. Said another way, from the celebration of the birth of Christ in December to the assurance and grace of Easter and each and every other day, live a life with God and purpose each day. I challenge us to live that way! If you want to explore a God-filled life with purpose and joy, join us on any Sunday at one of the Groveland Christian Churches. At Groveland Evangelical Free Church, we worship Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, and we would love to have you join us!

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Bob Kandels

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