Friday, November 11, 2011

Something to Live For

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
I would like to ask a question: Is it fun to follow Christ? You may say, "That's a silly question, because fun means going to Disneyland, or going camping, or watching TV, and you don't think of following Christ in terms like that!"

Well, in Galatians 6:14 Paul says, "I glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ," and in Philippians 1:21 he says, "To me to live is Christ." Paul couldn't have said those things unless he meant that, for him it was the greatest pleasure of his life to follow Christ. That's what was happiness for him; and if we were to translate what he says, it would come out very close to be fun for him. He tells us to "set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Collosians 3:2), in other words, what the world calls "fun" soon gets stale and makes you bored.
Happy people are those who have something to live for, a cause to which they can devote themselves unselfishly. It doesn't make them fanatics, but it does give meaning to every day of their lives. And the service of the Son of God is the most joyous of all causes! He left His home in heaven, came to this dark earth, lived and died in order to redeem the human race. He purposes to restore the earth to its original state before sin entered, and to grant eternal life to all who really want it in that earth made new wherein dwelleth righteousness (that's 2 Peter 3:13).
Would you like some fun? OK, throw yourself heart, soul, everything you have for now and eternity, into devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ! Then you'll share in the joy that Paul knew.

--Robert J. Wieland

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