God’s Greatest Gift to Us Is Life

God’s Greatest Gift to Us Is LifeWhy is the health industry such a booming business? Good health seems to be on everyone’s mind these days. The latest, greatest, fad diet is introduced almost monthly. Health food stores and clubs pop up all over the town, ironically, sometimes next door to fast food restaurants. How could you not be in the best shape of your life with all of the exercise gadgets and gizmos which are designed to give you “the perfect body” with little or, even better, no effort?

Most people have an innate desire to live as long as they can. We also want the best quality of life possible. This is all well and good for our physical world, but what about life after death?

The good news is that each of us can have eternal life. A scripture many of us memorized as young children says,” For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).  Sickness, disease, and death are all a part of life as we know it on this earth, whether we believe in Christ or not. However, Christ has overcome the fear of death for those who believe and receive Him (Hebrews 2:15).

What we do with this gift is our gift back to the Father. A person after God’s own heart makes his relationship with Him a top priority. How would you like to be remembered? A person completely committed to Him is one who wholeheartedly honors God in all they say and do. The desire to please the Lord should be at the core of everything we do.

The Father wants our paths to be governed by His plans, our interests to be defined by His purposes, and our obedience to be motivated by our love for Him. When we pursue God’s heart, we find life at its best and we can leave a legacy behind that influences others to do the same.

This gift of eternal life costs us nothing, but only because God’s own Son paid the price in full for us. Therefore, our desire should be to mirror His heart for others and influence those around us for good. We can trust and obey Him in everything. When you succeed, remember that all you are and have is a gift from God. Then you can show the world that your heart belongs to the giver of “everlasting life.”

Poet R.L. Sharpe expressed it in an interesting manner.

Isn’t it strange how princes and kings,
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And common people like you and me
Are builders for eternity?
To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass and a book of rules.
And each will build, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.

What will you make of your life? Will you make something magnificent, not to boast of any personal achievement, but to boast of God. What are you going to be? What are you going to do? What will you become in this great journey of life?

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