Our spiritual growth is of more value than our material wealth and needs to be given our highest priority.
Sometimes we focus and invest too much into something that do not last forever like career, relationship with other people, and other commitments. We focus too much on these things that we forget what really matters. Life is too short to not live it for the Lord and not live it according to His will.
Because anytime soon He will come, and the careers we have now, the earthly relationships we have and commitments with them won’t help us get to the next level. These won’t save us, only Jesus saves. It is our spiritual well-being that we need to focus on and not these earthly things and sometimes all we need is a little reminder.
God we thank you today that you are God our peace, ‘Jehovah Shalom’!
We thank you that you calm the storms raging on in our lives so we can “be still” and focus on you Jesus and your amazing love for us! We ask today for a double portion of your peace, so that it may overflow out of our lives and into the lives around us, thus spreading your love and grace throughout the world!
Finally we pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done here on Earth God!
All of you should find a wise older person, anyone from a parent to a youth pastor or a close friend, and let them mentor and advise you in your Jesus journey. I’m very blessed to have a grandparent like my Mammie who cannot go 5 minutes without talking about Jesus. She is awesome, albeit a little crazy but hey the best of them are. Every year of University she has given me a book out of the bible to read. First it was Proverbs, then it was Philippians and now it’s Colossians. I’m not going to give you a verse by verse recap of Colossians but this one really hit me.
Whatever you do whatever your task may be, work from the soul. That is, put in your very best effort, as something done for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3v23.
Probably one of the most well known verses from the book, but wowza did it wake me up. See i struggle with anxiety and sometimes it tries to break down my potential. But this verse gave me some hope for this year.
I’m one of those girls who has super high expectations for herself and that is often where my anxiety will strike me. But i don’t want it to. I am capable, i am following God’s plan for me and i am brave. This year of University will be different.
This verse is all about our mind sets which is great because as Christians we are given a mindset of righteousness over our old mindset of sinners. All we need to do is step through the doorway and allow the righteousness that God has placed inside of us to guide our behaviour, actions and lifestyles.
So when we go about our day to day tasks whether that be University life, work life, school life, an awesome time or a season of pain.. whatever our task let it come from that place where Jesus lives inside of us. Let us try our best to reach our God given potential, show the world some Jesus through our actions and give the devil a good stomp as we rise above his schemes. We are all called, set apart and the Lord delights over each of us with singing!
Nothing is too big for our God and as His children that covers us too. There is nothing that we are going through that God can’t handle. He is supreme, He has a plan and when we live our lives for God and go about our day to day tasks as if they were for God then we are reflecting the righteousness He placed in us and giving Him the praise He deserves!
He’s got this, He is giving us His covering and blessing, all we need to do is trust in His strength and plan and go for it!
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.