What Do You Live For?

Alive
Sticky

Have you thought about the real purpose of your life? Why are you here? Why do you do what you do? Do you think this life is about you? Is it about helping others? Is doing good deeds for others good enough? Are you just one of the faces in the crowd that think getting famous will give sense to your life?

2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT says: “He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

What do you live for?

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Ponder that question some more.

Please don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying I’m a saint here. Rest assured that I know I’m way far from being one; I struggle with being respectful of my parents, I spend a lot of time on social media, I could care less even when I know others need my help, I seldom appreciate what I already have, I can’t get enough of a lot of the things this world brings to the table, and I’m not grateful for the things I receive and for the good things that happen to me (at times).

There are also times when I think and act like this life is about me. (Sometimes, consciously but most of the time, unconsciously.) Most likely, we struggle with the same things, and just like you and I, Jesus was once a human—flesh and blood (John 1:14). He felt what we feel (Hebrews 4:15). He even cried (John 11:35).

However, unlike us, He got out of this life without sinning. He was born to die—for you and me. Despite this reality, we need not mourn but rejoice all the more because the story did not end there.

After three days, He rose back to life. He overcame the grave! He is alive!

It is because of His death that we are alive.

Are you taking that in?

I’m imperfect just like anyone, but now I have the confidence to face everyone, for my Savior said: “It is finished. It is done (John 19:30).”

Sinking Ships

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Sinking Ships
Lincoln Brewster
(off “Oxygen”)

As you sail on the sea
You could never seem to see
That all of your dreams
Could be tossed in the waves
And lost in the ocean
Sinking in, that sinking feeling

And as your world
Has stopped its turning
Your heart stands still
Hanging by this melody of a life
That hasn’t lost its meaning
When you’re lost at sea
I will be your shore

So hold on tight
Your ship is going down
In the storm of life
I won’t let you drown
It’ll be alright
Now if you just hold on
So just hold on
Rescue has come

Right where the stars have left you
Dead in the cold and on your own
But I see a silver lining appear
Beyond the dark
And beyond your fears

‘Cause you were never meant
To do this alone
And when you’re lost at sea
I will be your shore

So hold on tight
Your ship is going down
In the storm of life
I won’t let you drown
It’ll be alright
Now if you just hold on
So just hold on
Rescue has come

Through the storm, through the night
Hold onto hope, I’ll be your guide
And when the waves
Come crashing down
By your side is where I’ll stay

So hold on tight
Your ship is going down
In the storm of life
I won’t let you drown
It’ll be alright
Now if you just hold on
So just hold on
Rescue has come

Rescue has come
I will be your shore

Made New

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Made New
Lincoln Brewster
(off “Oxygen”)

You’re calling me over
You’re pulling me close
With love You surround me
You give me hope

You’re taking me deeper
You’re making me whole
With grace You redeem me
You restore my soul

Now I’m made new
Because of You

You hold my head up
You remind me who I am
You hold my head up
I’m alive in You again
I’m made new

You’re making me stronger
You’re healing my heart
With Your hands You hold me
And You set me apart

You are my salvation
I will not fear
You’re the strength of my life
I won’t fear