Scriptures: 2 Timothy 2:1-4
How do you live a Christian life that is built to last?Here are four spiritual insights necessary for a lasting Christian life:
1) Find strength in God's grace: the Bible tells us to "be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus." The word "strong" explains that we are empowered by a source outside of ourselves. We must stay plugged into God's resources.
2) Center your life around Jesus: picture your life as a wagon wheel. The spokes on the wheel are your job, family, marriage, kids, church, possession and your time: Jesus is the hub. The hub holds everything together and makes it function correctly.
3) Pay the price: stay free from entanglements. Serving God comes with a price! There are some things you need to say "no" to in advance; there are some things you need to say "yes" to in advance.
4) Don't give up: don't give up no matter what! It's better to fall moving forward, then fall backing up. Remember God's faithfulness: Jesus is committed to you. Remember God's grace: Jesus is a God of mercy. Remember God's love: Jesus accepts you for who you are, not what the world has made you.
Live a life that makes a mark for God! Live a life that is built to last!