Saturday, March 28, 2015

Knowing the Real Truth

     Knowing the real truth in life is important. In the bible, Jesus said in Mark 8:36-38, "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his father with the holy angels." We can live our life as we want to but we could lose our soul in the end. A lifetime of worldly pleasure could get us an eternity of spiritual torment. As for me, I want to know what is the real truth in life rather for me to find out when it is to late.
     It is interesting to note in verse 38, "For whoever is ashamed of me...." I have seen this play out many times. People try to fit in by acting like the world and not as a true follower of Jesus Christ. I have seen people act one way in church and another way out in the world. I have felt they were to embarrass be labeled as a christian and thought they were going to be outcast by others. Sometimes going along with the crowd is not the right action to take.
     Jesus speaks of a separation at final judgement between the sheep and the goats. Matthew 25:31-33, "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne, 32Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left." Jesus will say to his sheep that are on the right side, Matthew 25:34, "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
     Jesus will say to the goats that are on his left, on the day of final judgement. Matthew 25:41,46, "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." By reading these scriptures, you can see it is important to know the truth and to live your life as it was meant to be lived.
     As for me, I do not want to waste my life traveling down dead end streets. I want to know that I am on the right path. Knowing the real truth to me is knowing Jesus Christ and his word. My future will not end at death but continue onward into his kingdom. Maybe a lot of people do not think about what is in store for them at the end of life but I think life is to short not to. I want to live my life the best way that I can and that means learning about the real truth and living my life based on that truth. John 14:6, Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me."                                                                                                                                                                                                   (ESV)        

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Trying to Get it Right

     Making the right decisions in life is sometimes hard to do, because of what we think is not always right. We might make a snap decision out of anger or an impulse. We might let our emotions get the better part of us or in an opposite way make a decision in a pure intellectual way without any empathy for others. Life can become very complicated at times and our path very unclear. But all we can do is to try to get it right, and do the best we can with what we have.
     For me I have try to advance my knowledge of the Bible and try my best to understand what Jesus Christ wants me to do. I have found the more that I have lived by the words of Jesus Christ the better my life has become. For example, when I was in high school I participated in a door to door ministry that my church was doing at the time. At that time my grades was about a C average but when I started to do the door to door ministry my grades went up to A's and B's. This surprised me, the only thing I was doing different was going door to door trying to spread the message of Jesus Christ. I felt good at doing this because I believed that I was making a difference in our world. I was following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and trying to make disciples of others. It brought me more happiness to my life and I felt that my mind was more open and connected to the spirit of God. This uplifting energy that I was feeling was making a substantial difference in my school work.
     So some things we decide to do, will make a major impact on our lives while others things that we do will effect us less. Sometimes things will happen to us that is out of our control and we have to adapt our lives around it and try to live with it. We have to cope with the problems that comes along in our life using our decisions. I use my Bible to help me solve my problems and make my decisions. I find the answers that I find there are a lot better than the ones that I can come up with on my own.
     Trying to get it right in my life is an on going process. I will always try to do the best that I can while using God's word as much as I can. Sometimes I feel so limited in this physical body, I feel at times I want to bust free of it and fly with the angels and to know all there is to know and be perfect in every way but alas, I am still a human being and I will just have to deal with my limitations. The breath of life is still within me and there is still more for me to do.