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The living man (Acts 17:28)

"For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."

It is important to differentiate breath from life! It is possible for a man to be advance in years breathing each day without actually living. Not everyone alive is living.

What exactly does it mean to live? A man cannot start living until he has found a reason to live. No man can live until that day when he finds the purpose for which God created him. To live is to move in the direction of purpose. To live is to progress every new day towards the attainment of the goals that heaven has chosen for you. If you achieve the entire world without living the design of God for you; you have wasted life. May it never be said concerning you that you lived without attaining God?s purpose for your life.

No man can find his purpose who lives outside of his maker. John 1:4 says ?In him was life; and the life was the light of men [5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not? Everyone who finds Christ and lives the life of Christ becomes a model of success and a reference point in relevance. Brethren, no one can prescribe the use of a drug better than its maker. After all said and done, the benchmark for scoring the success of your life would be the script that was written at creation. You will not be measured against ambition. You will not be measured against perceived competitors. Your life will be measured against the script written by God at your creation.

How does a man access the life in God? Let me remind you of two of the most priceless mysteries of Christianity.

First is the mystery of the flesh and blood. Lev. 17:11 says ?For the life of the flesh is in the blood? One of the greatest mysteries of Christianity is the mystery of the communion. To enter fully into the life of the father through the son, regular communion is a must. ?After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me? (1 Cor 11:25). Everyone that partakes regularly of the bread and the blood of Christ renews the covenant of life.

The second is the mystery of the washing of feet. Very mundane, yet powerful! Jesus, speaking to the twelve as he rounded up his apostolate offered to wash the feet of his disciples. Peter resisted ?How can my master wash my feet?? I?m sure that was his thought. But then Jesus insisted. ?Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me? (John 13:8). Jesus was demonstrating the atonement on Calvary. Whoever will not be cleansed by the blood that drips from Calvary can NEVER access the life in God!

Lastly, It is important to be ready to pay the price for a great life. Greatness never drops on the laps of men. Jesus speaking in John 9:4 says: I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. It amazes me when men live as though they had from now to eternity all to themselves. They have no urgency of time. Even if you were Methuselah you still would be limited by time. The human life is like a screen of smoke appearing now and disappearing the next moment. Give it your best. Ensure you leave this world as a champion!

DATE: Fri, 31st May. 2019 2:07pm
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