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The Only Way

Thoughts, reasons and explanations on why serving God is the only way to live your life.

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Have you ever had to go through something that you thought was too big for you to handle?

Have you ever been at a point in your life where you felt like your whole world was crashing down around you? How did you get through it?

I firmly believe that a close, personal relationship with God is the only way someone can truly love others, motivate the people around them and get through the toughest parts of life that seem too hard to handle.

Whenever I am faced with a challenge, problem or life-obstacle that I feel is too big for me, I turn to Jesus because I know that through him I can do all things.

The Bible, God’s written word to us, confirms why I believe and lean on Him for my strength and motivation.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” says Philippians 4:13.

When trying to share the word of God with someone and tell them what it means to be a Christian, I have to give them my personal view because being a Christian is all about your individual personal relationship with God.

To me, being a Christian means that I live my life for God in everything that I do, from the way I talk to people throughout the day, to the decisions I make that will affect my future — He is at the forefront of my life.

Knowing that I serve a God that is looking out for me every second of the day is both encouraging and confidence boosting.

The reassuring words from Joshua 1:9 saying, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go,” helps me remember that I can rely on him for anything and everything.

Being a Christian is also about praising Him in the good times as well as the bad times, because God is the only one that can bring true peace and joy to our lives.

People do find temporary happiness in material and worldly things such as money, clothes, and sports, but God is the only way to an eternally-joyous life in Heaven, by his side, and praising him on the streets of gold.

All the Lord God asks of us is to believe and trust in Him as the leader in our lives, our Father in Heaven.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” says John 3:16.

God is also a loving God who has sacrificed so much for us, even though we are totally undeserving.

The gift of grace, which so many of us struggle to give each other, was given to us and we are now forgiven of the sin and evil in each of our lives.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” says Ephesians 2:8.

Knowing that I am undeservingly-saved by the gift of grace by the Lord my God is humbling, and eye-opening to the way He truly loves me.

I serve a God who loves me more than anything in this universe ever could, and He wants nothing more than a personal relationship with me.

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord,” says Romans 8:38-39.

He aims to serve and please us even though we should be the ones serving him. What an awesome God.

I am not worried about my short time here on Earth because I know that when I die, I will be in a new heavenly body, free of sickness and pain, and living in the house that He has prepared for me in eternity with Him.

“If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also,” says John 14:3.

The promises from God make it hard to not fall in love with Him and want to follow Him while we are here on this Earth.

I believe that the only way to spend our time on Earth is serving God, for He is good and He will protect, love and bless those who devote their lives to Him, just as He has for us.

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David Long

David Long

David Long is a staff journalist for MBU Timeline. He is a junior who is majoring in General Communications Studies. Long is the captain of the MBU Mens Golf Team and has been a member of it for 3 years. Born and raised in Goshen, Ind., Long now lives just south of Asheville in Rutherford County, N.C.. He plans on pursuing a career as a golf professional after he graduates. Long will be the president and founder of Phi Lambda Phi, the first men's fraternity at MBU.

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