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The simplicity of our purpose in life





 
We are not here to impress the world by having more money, more things and more friends than anyone in the world has. We are not here to turn the house of God in multi-million dollar business endeavors so as to provide pastors with extravagent salaries and mansions to live in. We are not here to be flamboyant showmen who dazzle the world with our intelligence or "magic tricks".

As Christians, we are here for two predominant reasons; to glorify God and produce Godly fruit in our lives. First and foremost we are here to praise and love God with all our hearts. If we did nothing else in this life but praise and thank God for His love and goodness; we would be precious in His sight. Without question, the most important thing in our earthly lives is our personal relationship with God.

The other reason we are here is to produce the Godly fruit that comes by walking and living in the Spirit. Fruit is the manifestation of what lies within and since the seed of Christ dwells in our hearts, we should strive to manifest all that He. Galatians teaches us that the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL. Nowhere in this list are things like prosperity, perfect health, oodles of friends or the highest degrees man offers.

For more than 40 years I have remained amazed at what is truly important to God vs. what is important to people. What mankind deems of greatest importance God could care less about. What is important to God is at the bottom of most people s lists.

The Book of Romans teaches us that to be spiritually minded is life and peace and to be carnally minded is death. Logically if we want to have the more abundant life Jesus promised and live with the very peace of God in our lives, we must strive to become spiritually minded through living and walking in the spirit.

As we walk in love, filled with joy and peace, manifesting longsuffering, kindness and goodness while remaining faithful, gentle and having self control we are like a tree laden with luscious fruit which blesses God and provides for us our greatest witness. For those remaining who still hunger for righteousness, our fruit is in reality what they crave to have in their lives.

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Kirk M+ is a retired minister living with his wife and animals in rural eastern Missouri You can find out more about kirk at his profile page .

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K Reynolds+(@kreynolds)

  One of the "side-effects" of my illnesses over the past couple of years has been an impatience with "trivial" things. This is not an uncommon experience for people who have abruptly faced their own mortality. While you do see it manifest itself when people have avoided a "near-miss" accident, that will often fade with the passing years. When it is an ongoing illness and/or permanent injury, when it is a deadly disease that comes at you from out of nowhere and no one knows the cause or cannot say if it will never happen again, this view of life seems to be more permanent.
Ironically, I have heard many of the people I know in this sort of situation actually refer to that as a "gift". As someone who has been in that situation, I understand why they say that and I agree! Ironically, life becomes much more fulfilling and joyful when we grasp and live what you have expressed for our focus shifts from the things which will pass away to the things which are eternal. When those who are confronted with their own mortality don't, they suffer incredibly... not just physically but emotionally, mentally and spiritually as well.

Blessings!

K :princess:


Sheri Earwood(@sheri)

  God says to try him and see if he doesn't pour out blessings on us. He says he will give us the desires of our heart. There is nothing wrong with prospering and life more abundant . God's abundance is great. The trouble we us humans in a sinful body is we may put our prosperity ahead of God and that is a dangerous place to be, but don't judge someone because they live in a fine home and drive a nice car, that may be God's gifts to them. The bible says if Gods in it it will prosper if he is not it will come to naught. We are not required to be poor , there is nothing we can do to prove worthy, no works,no sacrifice, nothing! It is all about what Christ did and not what we can do.


Author: Kirk M+
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  This blog is NOT intended to be a discussion of the pros and cons of Christians having wealth. This blog is a discussion of the need for Chrsitians to manifest the fruit of the Spirit and guard their personal relationship with God.
B2Y


Sheri Earwood(@sheri)

  I'm sorry I must have misunderstood the first paragraph ... Forgive me I Hope God let's you prosper greatly. Prosperity and fruit can go hand in hand, maybe a hard concept for non Christians to understand I think


K Reynolds+(@kreynolds)

  I was re-reading this blog. You clearly state the purpose of this blog:

As Christians, we are here for two predominant reasons; to glorify God and produce Godly fruit in our lives.


I agree with that. The question we need to ask ourselves is this. Are we glorifying God... or are we glorifying ourselves? If in our pursuits, whether it is the accumulation of fame, wealth or even... charitable deeds, we begin to glorify ourselves (and there is always the danger that we will) rather than God, we are committing idolatry. In other words, setting up ourselves or other people/things in a position which belongs to God alone. I think this is something we do not take seriously enough. I know I don't!

Jesus said that where our treasure is, that's where our heart is also. I think that is pretty clear. May our lives be a testimony which glorifies God rather than ourselves.

Blessings!

K :princess:


Sandy Brooks+(@poodlelady)

  I sit here pondering a response -but actually B2Y -you and Kprincess have already said it all.
If you are not First giving God your praise and your love - nothing else is going to fall into place in your relationship with God.

Blessings
pooh


Sheri Earwood(@sheri)

  I understand God is first just that he loves me is way more than I deserve and that's the message I tell God is first before my children, my husband,even myself, I thank him for saving and loving me and I acknowledge ALL his gifts and blessings because I did nothing to earn them



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