What do you live for?

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If we’re honest, that’s an uncomfortable question.

Do we live for work?
Do we live for the weekends (or whenever we don’t work)?
Do we live for vacations?
Do we live to have more stuff?
Do we live for the work of Jesus?

What do you live for…really?

Proverbs 21:20-21 offers some direction for us in considering this question:

20 The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down. 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.  

Proverbs 21:20-21
New International Version

It’s one thing to say, “I’m a Christian” and quite another to actually be a Christian.  After all, talk is cheap.  We can say whatever we want.  Our behavior reveals what we really are.

When the Proverbs uses the distinction between “wise” and “fool,” it’s referring to the condition of a heart that is revealed in behavior.  We need to really understand that: being wise or foolish is a reference to the condition of our heart and is revealed in our behavior.

The wise are frugal (but not cheap).  Their behavior reflects a desire to prepare for days when there is lack.  Those who are fools live on the edge of ruin constantly.  And they do this because their hearts are foolish.  Their behavior is merely revealing what’s happening on the inside.

And just as a person who pursues foolish things will find ruin, so is the person who seeks righteousness: they will find it.

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As Jesus said, “…seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, NIV).

If we don’t seek God’s Kingdom first, we are not only foolish in our hearts, but we are headed on a path of destruction. 

So again, what do you live for?

If we live for Jesus, what changes in our behavior would occur—if any?
If we seek His Kingdom first, how does our behavior prove that?
If we pursue the Lord’s wisdom, what foolishness do we still entertain?

What do you live for?

Simple words.  Tough question.