Are you happy with your life? Are you giving back? How you made other peoples lives better?
Often people think that just because they don't do any visible physical, emotional, or psychological harm to others it must mean that we must be good people. One thing is to think that one is being good simply because one is not doing harm, but the better question should be; are we being good in the eyes of GOD?
In the book of Romans the holy spirit writes: Romans 12:1-2 “I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [ALL] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.”
Later he sais
“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], BUT be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
Reading these passages and really meditating on them gives one a better understanding on how to live a life that pleases God and takes you away of the narcissism, and vanity that most people have adopted in todays society. Being good is not just minding your own business, but the opposite. Being good in Gods eyes means that one goes out of their way to mind other peoples business to take the opportunity to serve and even share Gods word. A life of sacrifice is required in order for us to build resilience and strength to continue this life of love for others.
Many always say that in order to be good you just not have to be bad and mind your own business. This mindset obviously doesn't align with the way God wants you to live. We are always worried about how we can advance ahead of others, how we can look better than everybody else, what expensive clothes could we get for ourselves to be distinguished, or how will I become successful and richer than everyone else. Remember that Gods definition of success is much more important than our skewed view of success.
Mark 8:36"For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life?"
So lets think about building up a life in which we are proud to present to god the day that we die. The only secure fact of life is death, so then perhaps we should find our security in life by preparing for death and being at peace with our own conscience that we have done all we can for others and for ourselves to build spiritual strength.
To conclude I will leave you with another passage which states that life is a moving train and one should not and must not be neutral and live a mediocre life of servitude. If we just focus on not doing harm then are we good and worthy people?... perhaps in the eyes of men, but is this the case in the eyes of God?
Revelations 3:15-16 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth."
My only advice is that we pray for discernment and clarity to be able to see and catch the opportunities to serve others and to stop living an apathetic lives where nothing but oneself matters.
Written by Juan Angulo