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From the Hayward church of Christ Bulletin

It Is My Life, Not Yours
 We learn to claim things that are not ours at an early age in life. Our parents and loved ones gave us food, shelter, toys, and supplies that made our lives more comfortable and aided us to become productive adults. It is not uncommon to hear a child say, “my room, my clothes, my house,” and so forth. All of those statements make sense to the child. Unless the child is taught to understand who aided them early, we trust they will realize before adulthood who was the giver of those gifts.
The Christian parent and gift-giver must let the recipient know who met their need(s). James, the brother of our Lord, said in Chapter 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Without that knowledge, that child mentality remains with the individual to adulthood.
 Life is a humbling experience. The room that our young people claimed while living with their parents was theirs until they realized it was not. The food they believed was all free now comes with a price. Once our eyes are opened, a more appreciative spirit can abide in us. Stuff is given to us that we claim is ours until it is not. These great things are given to prepare the recipient for a new life waiting for them when they leave the comforts of home.
  So, who is the giver of life? Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Too many people are claiming the life God has graciously given them as their own. He will allow you to claim it as your own, but what happens when you realize that it is not and you have been evicted (death) from your body by God.
 Paul, the Apostle, wrote in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Live the life that God has given with grace and appreciation. Use the resources and everything good He provides to prepare yourself for everlasting life.
Courtney Henderson

Publ. Jan 9, 2022


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