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12/09/2009

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Is It Worth The Time?


"Take time to be holy, Be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shall be fitted for service above.

W.D. Longstaff 1882.....third verse.....


Here is my question of the day. As we look at the accomplishments in our lives and the time spent achieving them, were they worth the time? Maybe this as a good time for reflection. I am hoping that they were and that you have a sense self-worth. As I finish up the topic of taking time to be holy, I will not ask the question, but assume that you believe that the time you take to be holy is indeed worth the effort. Instead I want to give reasons and look at the benefits. If we look at verse three of our song, the writer says, "Be calm in our soul." We are all looking for serenity in our lives. As we take the time to be holy, that serenity will be a part of our make up. We will find that spiritual blessings await us as we pray, read and meditate. The Holy Spirit will help us to find the inner peace that we seek and renew our strength daily. Why? Because we've put it in His control. "Each thought and each motive beneath His control."

As we become more holy in God's sight, we are also finding our lives filling up with love. Our song says that the Spirit will lead us "to fountains of love." Not just love, but over flowing fountains of love. Enough love to go around and share with others. The time spent in being holy will lead us to bearing the fruits of the spirit written of in Galatians 5:22. (one of those is love) To me this might be enough evidence to seek holiness, but there is even more.

Often in my prayers, I pray that I will be more Christ-like. To me, being like Jesus is the "Holy Grail" of religion. The more like Jesus we are, the holier we are. "A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher" (Luke 6:40). The teacher is Jesus, and we want to be like Him. When the people looked at Peter and John, "unschooled, ordinary men they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13). As we take the time to be holy and more Christ-like, others will notice. Now is the time to be more like Jesus and become servants. The final line of our song tells us of our ultimate service. As we strive for holiness, taking the time necessary, "Thou soon shall be fitted for service above." Lets be sure to take the time to be holy so that we can be the Lord's servants here and above.

Have a wonderful day.....Make a difference.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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