Thursday 24 May 2018

First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Ten)

Lessons from God's Faithfulness (Part Seven)
Akin: This week we take a closer look at some practical goals we each might want to adopt, as we close on the goals discuss. (This assumes we don’t already have them in place. For those who do, it is a mere reminder.)

Akin: For a start, the minimum expectation (goal) of EVERY Christian should be to spend ETERNITY WITH GOD. If that is not your Number One goal, I very much doubt your Christianity and relationship with God. For, to what end then is the religion you devote yourself to?

IC: Absolutely. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)

Akin: The Apostle Paul puts this in no uncertain term in 1 Corinthians 15:19. It reads, “If our hope in Christ is good for this life only and no more, then we deserve more pity than anyone else in all the world.” (GNT)

Akin: No one stumbles into heaven. You are either going to make a definite decision, and take the accompanying actions to, or not. [Matthew 7:13-14; Hebrews 9:28]

Akin: Next, what epitaph will you want on your tombstone, when you die? What will you want to be remembered for by the important people in your life (your spouse, children, siblings, friends, etc.)? What is YOUR definition of a successful life?

IC: You know, some people wait close to the end before they start worrying about their legacy. And that is based on their assumption of the timing of “their end”.

IC: No, this is a big mistake. Our lives should be lived with the desire of positively impacting as many lives as one can, while we still have the opportunity. That’s one of the ways we represent God on this side of the divide, being used by him to meet the needs of the people he placed on our path.

Akin: So, the questions to ask include, what do you need to start doing today to make your legacy a reality? What do you need to stop doing today to make it a reality? What kind of a person do you need to be to make it a reality?

Akin: Where do you want to be in the attainment of these goals in 20, 10 and 5 years’ time? What about in a one month, six months and one year? Where do you see yourself on this journey?

Akin: Do you have all these written down? [Habakkuk 2:2] Are you tracking them? Are you celebrating the milestones?

IC: In tracking them, it is important to recognize and learn from any mistake we may have made and learn from them. This is an essential part of life, always learning and seeking to get better.

Akin: That is a very essential part of the journey, “learning, growing and making the right adjustments.”

Akin: As we go on the journey, our hearts MUST always be pliable before God. We should also remember that it is not experience that matures us. Rather, it is the positive wisdom we gain from experience which matures us.

Akin: That is all we are able to take this week. We continue next week with more lessons learned from God’s faithfulness to our guest.

Akin: Remember, God loves you. Go out and make a positive difference in/to your world. We love you, and we care.

First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Nine)
First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part Eleven)

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