OCTOBER 2020 LESSONS IN LIVING
Solomon wrote: “I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor-it is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13). Knowing that should cause us to remember that “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live” (Ecclesiastes 3:11-12).
If our spiritual hope matters as much as we say, we will purge our lives of anything that conflicts with it. The apostle John said: “Everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3). Thus, our daily choices will be much easier and the joy of such a decision will be our strength.
If we are not careful, we can begin to think that our own goodness is enough to save us. However, such thinking leaves out the Savior. Since all “have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), it is not our own goodness that saves but rather the grace of our Lord. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Modern religionists often tell us that if we think it is right and are sincere, it does not matter what we do in religion. But our Lord says “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24).