My challenge this week is to answer this question, "If it wasn't for heaven and hell would I still follow the way of life Jesus clearly sets out for us?"
Maybe you can help me answer this question with your own thoughts?
You see, I first heard this question being asked by Shane Willard on his Ten Commandment CD and it brought to mind a time when I worked with a bloke who proclaimed to be an atheist but that Jesus Christ (the man) was his mentor. He loved Jesus's way of life and lived it in a unique and special way. The New Testament for him was the "Owner's Manual" to a happy and successful existence on earth.
For me I really never gave this a thought till now. If it wasn't for the fear of hell or the pleasure of heaven would I live a life that was pleasing to God. Maybe this is the same for you, however, I certainly would like to hope that I would love this life in the same way and continually strive to improve the way I behave and act, especially with the people close to me.
Fortunately, my belief gives me hope in a wonderful reward when I keep my focus on the eternal. Building the Kingdom one step at a time and sharing my passion for life is something I really enjoy while I am breathing. However, maybe I need to take a leaf out of Ol'mate's book, the self proclaimed atheist, and get the owner's manual out more often!
Leave you with this and look forward to your thoughts. Cheers, JA
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