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I am still reflecting over a Bible study that Deacon Ron Bradley led last year in the month of September. It was a moving experience that night. My wife and I sat and watched Zoom in our family room, as this powerful man of God brought the Word of God. The primary thing that stood out is that it is not our doing that God wants as much as our “being””. Those words penetrated my heart. Works cannot save us, but we need to allow our lives to please Him by being what He has called us to be. Can you say, today, that your life pleases Him? Can you say that by your being, you are a witness to God’s power? This is my heart’s desire that my life might please Him. Now, I am not dismissing works, for He has called us to do good works in His name. However, you cannot do good works without “being” first. So “being” allows us to please Him. I cannot put into words, the importance of having our lives please Him so I refer to God’s Word in II Corinthians 5:15.

“He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.”

Paul, the humble servant of the Lord, shares with God’s people how the Lord died so that we might receive new life. He was concerned that the people of God did not live for themselves but for Christ and wanted their lives to praise the Lord. Paul knew that all God’s people are God’s Ambassadors. The Lord died and was raised for the people that God loved. He knew that for one to live for Christ, Christ had to control their lives. He had to be the center of their lives. They could not engage in activities that were not of God. When you can, read this entire chapter. It speaks so clearly of the need for our lives to praise Him. He died that we might have life and have it more abundantly. May the lives we live please the God who went to Calvary for our sins. May our lives reflect the service we render to our Risen Savior who is in the world today.