Thursday, January 16, 2014

"The Beginning Of Life"

"Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." Psalm 2:12
"Kiss the Son", literally means-- submit to Jesus. But how can I? What if He calls me to do something I can't do? What if others reject me or make fun of me for submitting my life to and following Him? What about my own will? What if He ask me to give up my plans, desires, ambitions and dreams? So? What if He does? We act as if that is a "bad" thing. We act as if that is the "end of the world". We act as if once we do life is over for us. On the contrary.
Submitting and surrendering our lives to Jesus doesn't "end" our lives, it only "begins" them. "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." (Matthew 16:25) In other words, when we "lose" or "give up" our life (desires and will) and surrender it to His desire and will, we will "find our lives" That is when we truly start living. Up to that point we are existing, we are surviving, we are only enjoying life in a small measure and not to the fullest. Solomon discovered this. He tried to enjoy life in every way possible-- entertainment, adventure, education, projects, art, relationships, wealth, etc. And he concluded that life lived apart from God is "vanity" (meaningless).
Do we really want to live? Then submitting to the Lord is the only way to truly do that. It is in submitting to Him that we finally find abundant life. When we submit and surrender our lives to Him, we are putting our trust in Him to do us good and what is best for us. (And He will.) As we do, we will be blessed. The word blessed is literally translated- O happy man! We become genuinely "happy" with and in life. 
Everyone is looking for happiness in life. Everyone is looking for joy, peace and fulfillment. It is obtainable. But you can't obtain it your own way. It is obtained in submitting your life to Jesus alone. Do you really want to live? Then submit, surrender and trust the Lord with your life.
Have a great day. You don't start really living until you surrender your life to Jesus. 
For further reading:
John 10:10
Ecclesiastes 2
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