Key Verse: Verse 4 – “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
Key Words: When Christ, who is our life
We know God is the giver of life, but that’s not what is meant here. The statement, “when Christ, who is our life,” carries the idea of our reason for living. He is the reason I wake up in the morning. He is the reason I prepare for the day. He is the reason my life is under control. He should be our reason for living.
As you read Matthew 4:1-10, it becomes easy to see that Jesus’ reason for living was God the Father. First He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Secondly, we see that Jesus said, “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Thirdly, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God.”
While Jesus’ reason for living was God the Father, our reason for living should not be materialism, sports, recreation, or things, but Christ.
Ronald Warwick, captain of the luxury cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II, questioned a passenger who paid full fare for his dog to join them on an around-the-world cruise. (Accommodations ranged from $25,000 to $150,000.) “Wouldn’t it have cost less to leave him at home?” “Oh no,” the man said. “When we are away a long time, the dog’s psychiatrist fees are so high, it’s less expensive to bring him along.”
When our priorities in life are out of whack, our sensibilities get out of whack. And when our sensibililties are out of whack, we can waste a lifetime trying to do something but never accomplishing anything. William Barclay puts it this way, “It is not the things which are obviously bad which are dangerous, it is the things which are good (which are dangerous), for the ‘second best’ is always the worst enemy of the best.”
Remember Christ is the best, when He is our life.
What to do:
✞ Answer honestly---Is Christ truly your life?
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