I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT)
I know that you want to live a life that really matters. At one time, you had no idea what such a life would look like. At that same time, you had no desire to live for anything beyond your own comfort and pleasure. You gave no thought to the future. You lived only for the present. Your heart and mind and life were focused only on what was immediately before you. You lived as is this life was the ultimate reality and that there nothing more to consider. You had no eternal perspective. Is all of what I have said true? Yes, it is. I especially like that you know I want to live of life that really matters. You also know that my life is nothing like it once was. You have changed everything about me. My heart and mind and life now have a completely different focus. I do now know what matters most. Tell what matters most? I want to know you. I want to love you. I want to follow and serve you. In every way, I want to become like you. I want to think and speak and act like you. I want to love like you loved. I want to give like you gave. I want to serve like you served. I want you to form my thoughts, opinions, and values. I want you to guard and guide my life. I want to go and do your will. I want to take on the assignments you give to me. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want your love to overflow my life so that others will come to know and love and follow and serve you. In this way, I will bring praise and honor and glory to you. As I walk through life with you, and live in an intimate relationship with you, I am sure that you will help me to live a life that really matters. You will make me able to do what is pleasing to you. You will make me able to hear you one day say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” That is what matters most to me. That is the prayer that is continually on my mind and in my heart. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. You will live a life that really matters. You will do what is pleasing to me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I want to live a life that really matters. I know what that means. Coming to know and love and follow and serve you really matters. Bearing fruit for your Kingdom and bringing praise and glory to your name really matters. Loving others really matters. Amen
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