Pictures of faces, projects, and numbers are ever before us when we scroll through the social media world. The movement never ceases. We're always working towards the next best thing in our lives. What will it be today? Most of what we see is simply purposed for entertainment—things that give us something to do. But what about the other times, when there's a subtle, ugly attempt to outdo the ones before us?
We can—we will—be the best at what we do. And if the idea is unobtainable, we'll strive until we're neck and neck with the best of them.
“'But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.'”
Matthew 19:30, NIV
Some days I'm so engrossed in the temporal things of this world, the air might as well be knocked out of my lungs. It's in these moments, when I have to take a step back and ask myself, What am I doing? The striving is constant. There's never contentment in achievement of this world. Rather, emptiness is rampant in those who live for the world. The same emptiness will creep into my own heart, if I let it.
“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
1 John 2:17, NIV
There's life in those who live for the will of God. And life is breath to the one who's weary of striving. No name or fame will ever amount to anything eternal. But, oh, for the glory of Christ—we lay our lives down. We put aside selfish ambitions, and joyfully serve others instead.
“'For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.'”
Mark 10:45, NIV
Today we begin week six of our Matthew study! Please click here to download the reading guide.
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