It’s spring. Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at your life. Does your routine need to be brushed off and reorganized? If so, there is scripture I’d like to share with you that can help you get started on your personal rejuvenation project. It’s better than your spring-cleaning closet re-design, a make over or even a spa day! You look doubtful – but this is for real!
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy…
Huh? Where’s the part about rejuvenation? Oh, it’s there. Take a moment. Let the verse sink in and grab your heart. Breathe in deeply the words ‘before his glorious presence’ and breathe out, ‘without fault and with great joy.’
Can it be? No fault? Not guilty! Is there any better, more refreshing news?
Absolutely not! There is no better end-of-life-on-earth gift. But I wonder, does knowing this make a difference today – as you go about your business? Yes! And I say it again. Yes! Paul tells us how.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
Did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
Rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
Being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death –
Even death on a cross!
This doesn’t seem at all related to freshness and renewal. Or does it? After going through what he did for us, Jesus stands by our side with joy before God. Imagine Jesus beaming like a proud parent. Absolutely aglow over you. And maybe, everything he has done prior to that point was meant to show you how to lead hope-filled days regardless of the circumstances.
Here are two tips for your daily renewal.
- Loving Service. Paul tells us that Jesus did not use his equality with God to his own advantage. Instead of using his mighty power to force change, he used the gentleness of his heart to love.
Preparing for his last meal with the disciples, Jesus washed their feet and instructed them to follow his example. After finishing the meal, knowing they would deny him soon, he gave them a new command. “Love one another…Love one another as I have loved you.”
Jesus calls us to serve in love. Action motivated by love turns hearts. It brings new life…for the server and the servee.
Sounds great, but your schedule is full? Then why not begin your personal spring-cleaning by removing things from your life that are time and talent wasters – things that hold you back or bring you down. Next, use your newly found time created by removing the ‘wasters’ to bravely step out of your comfort zone and serve one or many. Be intentional about adding loving service to your days.
The result? A fresh outlook and more meaningful life.
- Live in Positive Obedience. Positive obedience is a willing attitude of faith. This is more than thinking good thoughts – or being a cup half full kind of gal. Being positively obedient means surrendering your will to God’s goodness.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2 that Jesus was “obedient to death – even death on the cross!” Jesus himself obeyed believing in God’s goodness as he pressed through his dread of the upcoming torture.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
The sacrifice of Christ was borne from faith in the goodness of God. His positive obedience resulted in the our opportunity to live forever in God’s loving presence. A pretty nice outcome, I think – don’t you?
I wonder what blessing God has waiting on the other side of your positive obedience?
Create a Fresh Life!
This spring let Jesus’ joyous presentation and God’s not-guilty verdict cause you to lovingly serve and live in positive obedience. Create for yourself a fresh life full of meaning and joy!
- Rejuvenate your life. Lose the ‘wasters’. Discover meaning through loving service. Pray each day for opportunity and strength to serve those most in need. Then, go and do it.
- Choose positive obedience. In full faith of God’s goodness, pray that you step into the experiences God sets before you. Receive joy!
Thank you, Jesus, for surrendering your life for me. I am so excited and humbled that you will present me blameless before God when it is my time. Until then, I ask that my days be filled with meaning and joy as I humbly serve others and that my faith continues to increase as I act in positive obedience to your calling. In your precious name I pray. Amen.
Listen to Your LifeSong Here!
Lauren Daigle/How Can It Be?