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Romans 15:14-21
Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 16:1-8

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the only life worth living

"I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has done through me." —Romans 15:18

After a long lifetime of struggling, working, enjoying, learning, praying, suffering, etc., only what Jesus has done through us will mean anything. If we have just taken out the garbage in obedience to Christ, we will have done something that will last "unto life eternal" (Jn 6:27). In contrast, if we have become world-famous, phenomenally rich, and historically acclaimed by doing something other than God's will, our lives will have been far less than God intended them to be. Only what is done in Christ has lasting value; everything else is wasted. Therefore, "you are not to spend what remains of your earthly life on human desires but on the will of God. Already you have devoted enough time to what the pagans enjoy" (1 Pt 4:2-3).

"To me, 'life' means Christ" (Phil 1:21). "The life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me. I still live my human life, but it is a life of faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal 2:20). "One day" in God's courts is better "than a thousand elsewhere; I had rather lie at the threshold of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked" (Ps 84:11). "I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ. For His sake I have forfeited everything; I have accounted all else rubbish so that Christ may be my Wealth and I may be in Him" (Phil 3:8-9). Live for Jesus alone!

Prayer:  Father, may my life make sense only in the light of Your Son's death and resurrection.

Promise:  "All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God." —Ps 98:3

Praise:  Mary invited her friend Melinda to come to a Bible study, and Melinda came to Christ.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on Developing a Deep Personal Relationship with Jesus on audio AV 52-1 or video V-52.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 22, 2013

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