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A Guide to Living Sacrificially That Will Actually Make Your Life Better

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Jesus always presented an "upside-down" kingdom—more like "rightside-up"—and with all the uncertainty in the world, we could use a bit of that perspective.


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Now more than ever as there is global chaos of disease, famines and war we see just how fragile life is. The reality is, no matter how accomplished we are or how much stability we create, our time on earth is limited and often out of our control. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” 

Brevity means “shortness of duration.” I love Psalm 90:12 because it helps to explain that once you have an understanding of how short this life is, only then can you grow in wisdom. James 4:14 puts it this way, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes.” We do not know what tomorrow holds—that is why living in the present and living each day to the fullest is essential.

We can live our lives most effectively when we prioritize which kingdom we are building for. It is always important to remember that we are citizens of heaven and heaven is our home. Although we cannot see heaven, and building for something that is unseen doesn’t always make sense, 2 Corinthians 4:18 sheds some light on the concept. “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  

What is “seen” is the world around us. Everything in this life is tangible; we can taste, touch, smell and create for ourselves a life we want. However, heaven and the spiritual realm is something we cannot see. We can see its effects, we can feel it’s power when we pray but it is not something we can physically touch. As the scripture says, we need to fix our eyes on the latter, on what is unseen because that is what is eternal.

Fixing our eyes on what is unseen is much easier said than done. This can be difficult because we have real bills to pay, jobs to go to and schedules to fulfill. It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of working and making money and just trying to survive. However, I believe the Lord is really calling for us to not just survive but to thrive. We truly thrive when we live from a heavenly reality instead of an earthly one.

Pastor Tracy Nanna says it best, “Fear drives us but the spirit leads us. It can be easy to get caught up in the fear of knowing life is short or the fear of not having enough but we need to remember that if we are feeling driven by fear we need to step back and let the spirit lead us with his voice of peace that can calm any storm within us.”

Matthew 6:19 wisely counsels us, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  

God gives us free will and He will never take that away from us. It is our choice to live a “wealthy” life by surrendering what we think is best and choosing to operate from His perspective. When we are in congruence with the heart of God, His desires become our desires. We are then able to do more than we ever could have on our own and we begin to build for something that will last forever and create eternal impact.

One of my favorite heroes of the faith is Moses because in his own strength and on his own he never would have been able to accomplish all that God had for him. When he surrendered to the will of God he was able to be a part of the deliverance of the Jewish people and the fulfillment of possessing the Promised Land. God has the same will for us today as He did for Moses. He wants to do mighty things with us and through us.

Our life is so brief, let’s not waste a moment of it on storing up things that will fade and pass away. We live our lives most effectively when we surrender our lives to God’s will. “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it”—Matthew 10:39.

 Read Psalm 39:5-7 TPT for more revelation.