Pleasing God is the only thing that can bring real purpose and meaning to life. All else is vanity and emptiness. These are two contrasting existences – human life and divine life. Let’s see these contrasts in two verses.
The vanity of purely human life –
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun (Ecclesiastes 2:11).
The lasting abundance of divine life –
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58).
Allowing God passage to live His Own life through the everyday details of life is the only way to have real and lasting purpose in life. This divine life flows through the most basic elements of our lives.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:23).
His life in us will lift us abundantly above the ordinary – to the extraordinary.
Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us (Ephesians 3:20).
Be the Real You!
Don’t settle for an imitation. God designed you to be uniquely different – not with a cookie-cutter.
Don’t measure yourself, nor allow yourself to be measured by the life of others.
They measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise (II Corinthians 10:12).
Allow God to live His divine life through the uniqueness of who God has made you to be!
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).
Life is too short to miss the real thing – Enjoy it!
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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