“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Zechariah 4: 6)
It’s not a pleasant thought. Nobody wants to die. Thinking about it is depressing. We have better things to do than to contemplate our demise.
Even so, every one of us is going to die. That’s a natural fact.
“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so the Messiah also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.” Hebrews 9: 27-28
Young people are less likely than older people to understand that life is finite. The young are prone to think that they are immortal. Occasionally, one of their friends dies unexpectedly, usually by accident. When that happens, they get a glimpse of reality, but the fullness of reality doesn’t sink in.
As we grow older, we come to grips with reality. Our bodies remind us daily that we aren’t the same as we used to be. No matter how hard we try, we can’t do all the things we used to do. Some try desperately to cling to youth, but it’s no use. We deteriorate over time, and in the end, we die.
This is the all-important question: what did I do with my life? Stated another way: did my life make a difference?
“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.” Luke 9: 24
Yahweh has a plan for our lives. We were created for a purpose. He gave us gifts, talents, and abilities. How did we use them? Did we use them wisely, or did we fritter them away?
“For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Y’shua for good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 10
In the end, our primary purpose in life is to bring glory and honor to Yahweh. We need to examine our lives and ask this question: am I doing what Yahweh wants me to do? If the answer is no, then change is in order.
It’s called repentance. It means to turn and go in the right direction.
What is the right direction? The Messiah alluded to the answer in response to a question:
“But when the Pharisees heard that Y’shua had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’ And He said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YAHWEH YOUR ELOHIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the greatest and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22: 34-40
In the end, what believers do for Yahweh matters most.
“Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” 1 Corinthians 3: 13-15
Yahweh is a loving and merciful Elohim. He always has our best interests at heart. When we obey Him, i.e., when we do the things that He created us to do, we bring glory and honor to Him and He bestows on us rewards that are eternal.
Trusting Yahweh and obeying Him aren’t just the right things to do. They are the smart things to do.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares Yahweh, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29: 11
“If My people who are called by My Name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7: 14)
Change that Yahweh calls “good” begins in the hearts of believers—people who are recognizable because they are different.
We are different because we belong to Him and are called by His Name. We are Yahweh’s people, His followers.
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This is a children’s song, but remember what the Messiah said:
“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18: 3
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
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