God of the Living

In Luke 20:38, Jesus says that God is the God of the living and not the dead and to the Lord we all are alive.  In this statement Jesus was saying that to God all people are alive and candidates for salvation.  Jesus was also saying that God is looking for people who are going to live for Him.  Living for the Lord is quite the concept when you break it down.  Living for the Lord means that you love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  You make God your priorities and the things of God your daily goal.  You want to glorify and honor God with your thoughts, words, deeds, attitudes and motives.  You want to touch your world for Jesus Christ.  One time a man asked me what was the top priority for the Christian?  I answer, "To be like Jesus."  He said, "correct."  When Jesus came to the earth, His one goal was to glorify the Father and to bring redemption to this world.  As His disciples we are to do the same.  Every focus of our lives should be directed to this mission.  Jesus said in Matt 28:19-20, that we are to go into all the world and preach the gospel, making disciples of all men.  This is known as the great commission. He also said in the book of John that we were to love each other as He loves us.  This is known as the great commandment.  If we do the great commandment and the great commission we are doing what God wants us to do.  We are being living sacrifices and following God’s plan for our lives.  Contrary to popular belief, which is the accumulation of land, family and possessions.  Real life is glorifying God and following His plans and purposes for our lives.  When we stand before the Lord and give account we will not be telling God about our family, possessions or status.  We will have to give an account of how we spent our time, talents and resources in His service.  In that moment we will hear one of two phrases.  "Well done good and faithful servant enter into my rest or depart from me for I never knew you."  Which one do you want to hear?