Romans 1:21 NKJV because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
John 4:24 NKJV
God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
It’s not enough to just believe God exists. He is seeking those who not only think He exists but those who also *live* according to the knowledge. “He does not believe who does not live according to his belief” ~Thomas Fuller.
Psalm 149:4 KJV For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Colossians 3:23 KJV And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
As Christians, it is no longer us who live, for us to live is Christ. Because of this, it is expedient to do everything we do as unto God, including ‘secular’ work. God takes pleasure in us and everything concerning us. Let us therefore see and do everything as a way to glorify Him.
Psalm 51:10 KJV
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
A lot of times we pray this prayer without really knowing what we are asking of God. “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself”[C.S. Lewis]. That is what it means to ask God to create in you a new heart.
I love you
God loves you more
2 Corinthians 5:9 KJV
Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.”
Life is only really worth living if we have a cause greater than ourselves to live for. Like for the God who brought us here in the first place. It only makes sense. And strangely, Paul was speaking to a people who were Christians, the Corinthians. In verse 15 of the same chapter he told them, ” 2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again”.
That means as Christians sometimes we can lose sight of our calling. Jesus warns us against letting the issues of life getting the better of us and preventing us from bearing fruits. Lecrae, one of my favorite gospel singers, or rappers says in one of his songs, “What’s the point of living if I’m living for myself?” Christians have been brought from a kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Son God loves. Though easy to, we should strive to never lose sight of the One who has called us. We should look up to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. If we look up to ourselves, or others, or the world around us, we’ll only go so far before we hit a dead end.
By so doing will our lives be really worth living.