Ladies, do you ever feel lost in your life? Is the world consuming you? Are you a Christian looking for direction? Great, because I have the answer. Actually, you probably have the answer, too, if you’re a Christian.
It’s in your Bible. From Old Testament scripture to the New Testament, God has provided us with the answers on how to live our lives. If you’ve only read verses here and there, you may have missed the whole picture. But if you’ve taken the time to read the whole Bible, you will likely have a better picture of what God’s desire for all of us is.
While the Old Testament gives us the story of life before Christ and how God interacted with His people, it’s the New Testament that speaks directly to us about how to live our lives today. It’s the New Testament that reminds us of which laws from the Old Testament are still relevant to our present-day lives and which ones have been replaced since the coming of our Lord. And so, it’s the New Testament that I focus on as I summarize some of the lessons in scripture that should guide us as we live our lives.
Following is a list of just some of the life lessons that can be found in the New Testament. They don’t follow any particular order, and they’re certainly not the only lessons that can be learned. Check them out and share your thoughts!
- Glorifying God at all times: We are called to glorify God in everything we say and do. In order to do this, we should know, love and serve God always.
- Struggles and suffering: Scripture tells us that because sin entered the world, we will be faced with struggle and suffering. Additionally, as Christians, we will likely be persecuted. However, God Has given us prayer so that we can call out to Him in these times. 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a well-known scripture: “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing He will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” It’s recited often because of its amazing Truth: We can overcome any struggle or suffering with God’s strength.
- Family: Paul’s letters talk about marriage and how a man and a woman play special roles in nurturing a marriage and having children. He writes about how a husband and wife are to treat each other and their children, and how and what they should teach their children. “Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ,” Ephesians 5.21 reads, and Ephesians 6:4 reminds fathers to bring up their children without provocation and in “discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
- Work: The New Testament mentions the importance of working hard and giving all our efforts to the Lord. “Whatever your task, work heartily, as serving the Lord and not men” (Colossians 3:23). And in working, we must do our best, giving our efforts to Him.
- Fear and anxiety: Do you worry? Well, guess what? We are told often in the New Testament not to worry about anything. “Cast all your anxieties on Him, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). Imagine! Give all your worries to Him. Put your complete trust in Him and things will work out for good.
- Worship, evangelizing and discipleship: When speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus said, “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him” (John 4:23). In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus also says, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
- Love and charity: “So we know and believe the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16). Also, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Hebrews 13:16).
- Repentance: We all sin, but God has given us all the opportunity to ask for forgiveness. “Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you” (Acts 8:22).
- Prayer and faith: In John 15:7, Jesus says, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Wow! Anything you want, He will give to you. You just need to love and serve Him.
- The world: Most Christians know that they’re called not to be of this world (Romans 12:2), but are you familiar with 1 John 5:19? “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” This pretty much states that the world is a bad influence and remaining 100 percent on the Lord is the best way toward eternity with Him in heaven.
Again, the above are just some of the lessons offered to us in the New Testament. My point is that everything we need to know about life and how to live it is given to us in these pages. Discussing any of these issues with your priest or pastor is a great way of getting a fuller understanding of what God wills for each of us.
Ladies, God created everything, and in doing so, He designed everything to work together. He also provided a manual of sorts, called scripture, in which He shared ways in which we, His people, could take advantage of His gifts, live a Godly life and seek salvation. The lessons are clear in scripture. But often we’re so focused on what we want out of life that we follow our own desires and not the will of God.
Ladies, how much of the New Testament do you apply to your lives?