Drivin' Along

Monday, September 19, 2011 2:51:00 PM

There are only a few things that really drive a man or woman in life.

Sure, if you are a psychologist, you could talk about a man or woman's basic needs in life, like food, clothing, and shelter, or perhaps a few of the things relating to the psyche, like success, satisfaction, recognition, and so on, but those things are truly shallow in comparison to the deep things in life and the things that motivate a person at the core.

I don't know everything that motivates a person at the core, but certainly a basic desire driving most everyone is the desire to love and be loved, and to be a part of a family. When you have love and are loved, and you are a part of a loving family, you've pretty much been blessed with a multitude of blessings, and you have something that can be enjoyed and appreciated every day of your life. The only way the blessing could be improved upon is by it increasing every day and by it lasting forever. A life worth living is inseparable from love.

When I discovered that I'd been invited into the family of God, and that I had accepted the invitation, and become a part of God's family, my heart was truly blessed. The peace and satisfaction that come with knowing I have eternal life, with knowing I am a member of a beautiful family that will live forever, is a cause for joy and rejoicing every moment of every day I have the pleasure of breathing.

When I remember that the family of God is headed by the most loving, kind, gracious, and merciful God and father imaginable, then I remember I made a good choice in accepting the invitation, and I remember that I have something worth talking about. The mindless babblings of the world's elite become just so much background noise.

In the family of God, we who are members are exhorted to abound in love, to be imitators of God, and to walk in love. It is a joy and privilege to endeavor to do so on every occasion one has. It is an incomparably satisfying to successfully walk in love on any occasion. The walk in love comes with the responsibility that when one opens his mouth and speaks, he speaks the truth of God's word in love. The gift of holy spirit is most profitably manifested when it is done with the love of God.

You may have grown up without a family. Or it may be that the natural family you had was not much of one, compared to what you might liked to have had in its place. The natural family you grew up in might have become smaller or changed over the years, owing to the mortality of mankind or other circumstances. If you've become a member of the family of God by accepting God's invitation, you have the awesome joy of looking forward to the day when Jesus Christ returns, and the family of God is gathered together unto him. In that day, all those who have died in Christ will be raised from the dead like Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, and they will be given new, incorruptible bodies; those still alive will be changed so that they become immortal. All will have renewed minds and all will walk in love at that time. What a day of rejoicing that will be!

In the meantime, the family of God ought to be walking in love on all occasions. It is a shame, but some members of the family do not walk in love at all or with any regularity. When any member of the family is not walking in love, that member, the family, and everyone else misses out. When a family member does choose to walk in the love of God, the whole family is built up, or edified. It increases.

It takes a conscience decision and a clear understanding of the truth to walk in love. 'Tis better to try and fail than to never have tried at all. Put your best foot forward, and get yourself some understanding. Why not, with all your getting, get understanding? You will have to ask God for it, for it is not in any book penned by either man or woman.

Jesus Christ is a member of the family of God. He is God's only begotten son, and is the first born from the dead. If you are a member of God's family, you became so by a different process than Jesus Christ, but you became a son or daughter of God just as he is a son of God. Jesus Christ is your brother (he is not ashamed to call us brethren), and is the best possible example of how a member of God's family ought to walk. It is OK to copy him. Passages in the book of Acts and the Epistles show that there are others who have been great examples (and others who have not).

You can copy the great examples, and avoid the not-so-great ones. You may even be able to find a living example of the truth, a living example of the love of God in manifestation, right here on earth - ask God for one.

The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.

"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." - Jesus Christ

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