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I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
-Romans 12:1-2 KJV
Among the Called of Jesus Christ,
As the darkness increases, the appearance of the light becomes even brighter. So forth, as the promise of life diminishes, the promise of salvation comes to be even easier to find. Wherein iniquity and wickedness fornicate, they cannot help but seed their own destruction. We thus find, while we witness the darkness of these times, an abounding joy in proclaiming the greater triumph of our Lord and Savior. Therefore we know the end and our final victory, and so we do not evade the trials of life. For, as we have felt in our hearts, it will one day pass where each mountain that lines our path shall become before us like the pebbles of a riverbed.
Fittingly, as we act courageously and with abandon for ourselves, it should be our devotion to do whatever good work is necessary to keep this world fit for its Creator. So then, for us who till the Lord’s field, may we each perform in concordance to His divine instruction, enhance ourselves to be His instruments, groom the world to reflect His love, and, by the works which transpire through us, exhibit the truth of the gospel. In seeing this undertaking to its perfect outcome, our fervor must then be to endure whatever is required to see His will be done “in earth, as it is in heaven.”
Correspondingly, while we dedicate ourselves to His culminations, let us be prudent and avoid getting too far ahead of our daily objective. Inasmuch as the accursed neither rest nor do they wait for another day. Theirs is not patience, for what they have wilts just as the flower cut from its stem. Verily their time ends in totality, and they do not waste even a second to prepare their approach. So then take great caution in their angst! Just as the devouring lion stalks its prey, so does that, which hungrily looks to consume us, hide in the brush nearby.
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
-1 John 3:16
Let us nonetheless, while we fight the good fight, be complacent of our individual ambitions. As a simple matter of fact, this body of ours was not made to glorify our own being. With assurance we proclaim, we are lowly before that which has true Glory. So forth, let our lives instead glorify the only one worth glorifying – our Father in heaven. In doing so, let us avoid permitting the problems which pertain to one outweigh the problems which pertain to Him.
So, as it should always remain constant without cessation, let us work in unity, love, and with our full effort towards making this world fit for Christ. In doing so we should not rest until this world reflects the love He has for us. As Christians, who confess in the sovereignty of our Lord, let us always be brave in living to our faith. Whether these days are the last or the first, we should honor our God with each and every second. Additionally, in being bold in our faith and acting on our faiths behalf, let these things be the standard we set for each and every one of our days.
Truly the Lord does not call to us without great expectation, and, for those of us He has chosen, He has chosen to become great. However He did not come and give His life so that we may be greater than Him! So then, He did not bring us into this calling such that He might serve us, but instead that we might serve Him.
Let you my brothers and sisters fully understand, we have been and always are called to live by God’s Word, which is to love above all else. So then there is no sacrifice we can make to the world with our body, our mind, or our soul that is greater than the sacrifice we can make to our Father in Heaven. As such, if we must choose one, let us always choose the One in Heaven who has made all things.
Finally, with overflowing vitality, let us all then live to the Word with our fullest strength. Let us have the teaching of our eternal Father outweigh the teaching of our earthly one. Let us seek the wise counsel of the one with all wisdom. Let us know of the infallible Word which was made to sustain the test of all time. Let us be mindful attendants. Let us be a warm family full of joy in our brotherly union.
Let us have the light of our faith light up the world. Let us have the resolve of our conviction move the earth. Let us put hope into the heart of all those who question our Lord’s existence. In keeping to all these matters, let us give back to the Lord who had given to us first. Fully let us do each trusting without fault that every offering we make to Him will never be made in vain.
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