Remember to do your prep for this Sunday’s classes here.
And now, here are some things worth thinking about:
(Listen) The secular, atheistic culture around us, combined with the evil that we see in the world has caused many to despair that life has no point at all. But praise God there is a point! There is an answer, and Christians have it!
Stick around to the end of this podcast for a fantastic and very relatable analogy.
(Read) “I know this life is not all about how I am remembered. In fact, I know that if I were not remembered at all it would not be a big deal in the grand scheme of things. In the end, it is God who should be honored and remembered before me. But if I am going to be remembered, I would like to think my love of God would be foremost on the things people thought about.”
Making choices for the glory of God and the good of others
(From Stephen) I had a good chat with a friend the other night, while walking around the village late in the evening. We were talking about how a Christian makes choices, particularly in some of the grey areas of life. (For example: “How do I use my spare time? What kind of language is acceptable when speaking with others? How do I spend my money?) We were also thinking about other choices that young adults can feel pressure about, like taking a drink of alcohol at a meal or getting a tattoo. As we were talking, a couple of verses came to my mind from 1 Corinthians 10:23 and 31 (below).
The big point in these verses is that whenever we face a choice, we should not focus on this question: “Am I allowed to do this or not?” (my personal rights and freedom). Instead, every choice should come under the influence of a bigger question: “Does this glorify God and do good to other people? Does it help them? Does it build them up? Does it promote the gospel?”
Let’s take some time this week to meditate and pray about these verses in relation to our own attitudes and choices. Let’s be quick to repent, let’s ask God for help, and let’s make it our ambition to live life – in the big and small decisions – for the glory of God and the good of others.