What if we were actually the ones who determine the longevity of our days? Hear me out.
2 Timothy 3:1-9
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
In v10, we read: You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance ... so, we understand, we know, that to obey the Father is the right thing, and to do so will allow us an understanding of the Word. These things will destroy ...
- lovers of themselves
- lovers of money
- disobedient to their parents
- without love
- without self-control
- not lovers of the good
- lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power
All of these things divide us from the love of God. If we use control, self-discipline, aren't we determining our longevity? We all have experience with harmonious obedience and the consequences when we aren't. I believe God knows our day and time. God also allows us the choice to accept or deny. The option is ours to determine the longevity of a free and peace-filled existence. The second, minute, hour and day of our life is numbered, but the length of our lives living a quality spiritual life is our choice.
We know that stress, anxiousness, depression, and other emotional/medical frailties often stem from the choices we make from worldly decisions, expectations that we allow to influence our spiritual health.
I want to encourage us to stop. Stop now from wearing the years past as some sort of medal that declares we are the product of our raising, our choices, or what others have done to us or expect from us. It is a hard task, yet, nothing is impossible with God.
He has provided the tools we need to live a long and meaningful life.
2 Peter 1:16
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
We must not follow the way of the world. Instead, we choose to ...
- love others MORE than ourselves
- respect money and use it to help those in need and to further the Church
- be humble
- not brag
- be gentle & encouraging with our tongues
- obey those in our chain of command; parents, teachers, law, government
- sing praises for the blessings
- live in respectful reverence
- allow the Holy Spirit to be seen (love)
- forgive; we are all broken
- admire the qualities found in others
- use self-control evidenced in our armor
- exude peace
- love the good for it is of God
- remain steadfast
- do not burn bridges for you may need it to help you across another time
- be God-genuine
- live as lovers of God— walking in the light of its power
Be eyewitnesses of his goodness and glory!!! Create the change, tip the scale, and live a life worthy through Christ for the spiritual well being of others and then ourselves, always remembering that we are in the world but not of the world. Stay sharp!!!