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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. —John 15:4
A glance at today’s headlines could lead us to conclude that we live in pretty bleak times. There is great uncertainty about the future, especially among teens and twenty-somethings. Many feel they have nothing to grasp, no one to believe in, and no one to trust except themselves.
I would like to say there is something to grasp. There is someone to trust in, but it is not ourselves. It is the God who created us.
Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? These are questions that everyone should ask as they look to the future, especially if they are young. If we have no goals, purpose, or guiding principles, then we will waste our lives like so many others have wasted theirs. As it has been said, if we aim at nothing, we’re bound to hit it.
According to the Bible, you don’t find happiness, fulfillment, and joy by just looking for them here and there. These things are by-products of a relationship with the living God, in Christ. Let me put it this way: If you seek God and live according to His plan for your life, then you will find happiness. You will find joy. You will also find fulfillment—not through the pursuit of those things, but through the pursuit of God. So seek Him!
Today’s devotional is an excerpt from Every Day with Jesus by Greg Laurie, 2013<
Radio Program: “The Greatest Story Ever Told: The Birth of Christ — II”
TV Program: “Christmas: The Big Announcement”
Bible Reading: 1 Peter 1-5
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Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.