But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)
What does the victory that I have secured for you look like in your daily life? That is quite a thought provoking question. That’s exactly what I want to hear, your thoughts. Everything thing about my life has been changed since you are my Savior and Lord. How so? I no longer fear death. I am looking forward to the day that I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Every day I keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. How are you doing that? I am drawing near to you. I am listening carefully to you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. It is my pleasure and joy to do what is pleasing to you. That’s good.
Your victory is both here and now and not just there and then. What do you mean by that? You haven’t just given me victory over death and eternal life in the future. That is quite an amazing gift for which I will always be grateful and can never give you enough thanks and praise. But, you have also given me victory over sin and temptation and evil in this life. You have made me able to live my life with and for you now. You have broken the power of sin over my life right now. So, in a sense, my eternal life with you has already begun. Yes, it has. The eternal life I have with you guides the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life as I love, follow and serve you. That is very good.
I have also realized something about time. What’s that? I do and don’t have forever. Explain that. I have come to understand that my time on this earth is very brief. I am like a visitor passing through this short life. I have a very limited time in which I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have given me this life to live. You have purposes and plans for me to accomplish. You have work for me to do for you. Yes, I do. My life should have some urgency about it. So, I am asking you to help me to number my days. By that, I mean I want to know how to best use all the gifts, talents, abilities and resources you have given to me. I want to be steadfast and immovable in the work that you have given me to do for you. One day, from eternity, I want to be able to look back with you over my life and know that it was well used in your service. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for securing victory over sin and death for me. I know my eternal future in heaven with you is being kept and guarded by your power. Help me to live each day with my heart and mind and life focused on you and the life you have given me to live. Amen
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