I’ve noticed a pattern in my life when I run into people I haven’t seen in a while. I’ll start talking to them, and they usually say something like this, “I really like what you’re doing with your life. You are a very positive person.”
I understand what they mean when they say that and I do take it as a compliment, however it bothers me! Why? Because I am not a positive person, I am a follower of Christ. Anything that I am doing that is making a positive impact on the world is simply a direct result of walking with God.
I know that may seem like a subtle difference, but I promise you it’s not.
Galatians 5:19-24 says, “19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.
These verses show two different life choices that lead to two entirely different outcomes.
It’s pretty simple: living for God produces all kind of good things. Not living for God produces all kind of bad things.
A great life is the outcome of living for God.
I’m sharing this today because I believe there are a ton of people who look at people who are “positive” and making a difference in the world and they assume that they can’t do the same. They think there are people who are just naturally “positive” and those who aren’t. They do not think they can be positive, happy, or make a difference.
Nothing is further than the truth. Living a joy-filled and purposeful life is the simply the outcome of choosing to follow God all the days of our life.
You are one decision away from living the kind of life you may have thought would never be possible for you.
Choose to live for God and see what happens.
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