Devotion, Encouragement, Faith

A Call to Live a Life Set Apart

We invite you to join us on a journey to live a life set apart from the world, shining the light of Jesus and through it showing everyone around us who Christ is. As wives and homeschool moms we are in the middle of the mission field. We have an incredible opportunity to live out the Gospel, be an example to our children. With that comes great responsibility. I pray we can hold each other accountable, encourage each other and lift each other up as we travel this journey together.

We live in a world that constantly promotes an egocentric lifestyle with a desire for pleasures and a worldly life. All of this distracts us from seeing the reason why we are here in the first place:  to bring honor and glory to God. The Creator of the Universe wants to have a relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ. Yet, we struggle to see past our own life and the current world we live in. A recurrent theme in our challenge is found in 1 John.  “ Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not from the Father, but is from the world.” Even with this mandate, many of us continue trying to live a life for the Lord while still “loving” the world.  We compare ourselves to the standard of the world often failing to see the only standard we should live by: God’s word. To live a life completely devoted to the Lord requires faith, complete submission, and discipline.

It is a daily war to live an uncompromised life, especially in a world full of noise, distractions, and sin. We have to commit our life to the Lord and make Him the SOLE PURPOSE of our life above everything else because HE is the ONLY reason we are here in the first place. Matthew 6:24 tell us “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” When applying this principle to the love for the world in general, we have a choice we need to make: whom will we serve from here on out?

Let’s take this a step farther.  How do we live a life devoted to the Lord? Are going to church and praying sufficient? If we look at the life of Jesus and other servants of the Lord, we quickly see that it takes complete submission and devotion toward living a life imitating Jesus and those heroes of the faith. They faced the same struggles we face today.  They were tempted just as we are today, but yet they did not compromise. Rather they gave everything to serve the Lord. 1 John 2:6 clearly states that “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” Looking at the life of Jesus Christ, it becomes evident that we have to make a commitment to walk as Jesus walked and live a life completely devoted to God. 1 John 2:17 reminds us of the blessing we receive if we persevere: The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”

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