Welcome to Faith for Daily Living
The Word in Your World
“We kept urging you to live the kind of life that pleases God”.
1 Thess 2:12 GNB
Some people believe that living the Christian life just involves “being good”. Others think that it means you have to be “super-religious” rather like a modern version of a monk but not in a cloister. Others again think it’s mainly a matter of quoting the Bible – learn a lot of texts, have one to trot out for any and every occasion and you’re in the top class – hey presto!
“A life that pleases God” involves, firstly, a quality of life. Its foundation consists in faith in God. He is your reference point every day. You look at the whole of life from his perspective. It is basically an attitude of mind. When you have faith, you breathe an air of strength, usually of tranquillity, and are positive in all things. Secondly “the life that pleases God” involves you in working at a task. For some people this is fulfilling some routine duty in their church fellowship – collecting and banking the collection, singing in the choir, serving in the women’s fellowship or whatever. But it could mean witnessing by teaching a youth group, preaching in worship services, or even the ordained ministry – but it is some specific task that needs to be done to bring glory to God and benefit others.
Thirdly, the “life that pleases God” means enjoying fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ. It is a life of devotion to Christ, through prayer, worship, Bible reading and sharing with other Christian believers. It means helping those other believers and being helped and strengthened by them. It becomes love – for God, for Jesus, and for other disciples.
Lord, help me to live a life that pleases you.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I pray for world peace. Prompt leaders of the nations to grapple with the deep problems and to seek new solutions to old problems. Help them to see the bigger picture and to rise above the selfishness of nationalism that causes so much conflict. I ask in Jesus’ name. AMEN
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