HOW ARE YOU LIVING?                                                                                                                Andy Hollifield 2-6-18

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

In a video clip of Rick Rigsby that I shared on my Facebook page, he said his dad always asked him one question: “How you living?” That’s a simple enough question that requires a good, hard, look at your life as only you can do it. No one can examine myself but me and the same goes for each of us. When we ask ourselves this question, we have to ask it from the other aspect which is; How should we be living? If you look at the verse in Luke 19, there is one key word that you have to look at in its proper context, and that word is “occupy.” The word only appears two times in the bible. Once here and the other in Ezekiel 27. Most of the time we think of this word meaning just to “be in or on” such as in a house or on a chair. Actually there are multiple definitions and there are seven different Greek and Hebrew words that are translated to; occupy, occupied, occupieth, with definitions of “to trade, use, exchange, and to go about. All of those definitions were common in bible times when they were written but most have become obsolete now. The one that is applicable in the verse in Luke is “to trade.” Vines bible dictionary says it means to carry on a business. Anyway, it translates out to this; We’re not supposed to be sitting around waiting on the rapture, we are supposed to be working to get people saved. Jesus said in John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” He also tells us in Matthew 5 that when he is gone, we are to be the light of the world. It is our job to lift him up. Jesus also tell us in Matthew 5 that we are supposed to have “good works” for men to see. He tells us in Luke that we are to be “carrying on the business” that he was doing before he ascended. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:10 that the reason we are supposed to live like that is because one day we will all stand before Christ accountable for our deeds whether they are good or bad.

Romans 2:11 says that God is no respecter of persons. That being the case, there are some other qualities that should be obvious in a Christian’s life. After all, Christ said he was our example and the word “Christian” means Christ like. Paul gave Timothy some advice that would be good for all of us to put into practice. In 2 Timothy 2:3 he told him to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” We have gotta be tough and thick-skinned because our feelings are going to get hurt. Paul also told Timothy not to get entangled in the things of the world. Jesus said in Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10 that we are in a warfare and in Romans 7 he speaks in detail about his own struggles. But even in the midst of our warfare we still have to be gentle, wise, and harmless. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Peter said in 1 Peter 3:15 that we should “be ready always to give an answer…….with meekness and fear.” In 1 Timothy 3, Paul lays out some of the qualifications and requirements for bishops and deacons. If you read all of them knowing that God is no respector of persons, that means that the same is expected of us.

In the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, Jesus list several qualities and behaviors we should have that should be evident in our lives. In short, he said that we should be meek, hunger after righteousness, merciful, poor in spirit, pure in heart, peacemakers, and be the salt of the earth. Titus 3 tells us that we shouldn’t be envious, malicious, hateful, foolish, disobedient, not be a brawler but be gentle, and to not speak evil of anyone. He also said we should be careful to maintain good works and avoid foolish questions, contentions, and in 1 Timothy Paul tells us to avoid profane and old wives fables but to exercise ourselves unto godliness. In 1 Corinthians 13 he also says that we should have faith, hope, and charity, a good conscience, a pure heart, holiness, and that we should be an example of the believers. In other words; when anybody, lost or saved, sees us, they should be able to say, “Now there goes a real Christian!”

I apologize for skipping around so much with the scriptures but I wrote them as God brought them to mind. To be honest with you, I could have written a lot more but I have already come up far short of what I should be just on the things I have written. In 1 Samuel 16:7 God told Samuel that he doesn’t see a man as man does, but rather he looks on the heart. If God sees that we have a pure heart and are trying our best to live as godly as we can, I believe he will give us grace to compensate for our shortcomings in the eyes of man. So now, with all of that said I will end with this question: “How are you living?” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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