We call 1 Corinthians 13 the Love chapter, Hebrews 11 the “Faith” chapter, Galatians 5- The freedom in Christ chapter, we could go on.
What is the “How you should live” chapter? Yes, the entire bible is one- His-story. Is there a direction on how to live? Yes, we have so very many examples- Samuel- woken from sleep, Daniel- continued what he had always done. Prayed to God, speaking to The Father. Yet, he was thrown into the lions den and they did not touch God’s anointed. Yet when the plotters who wished him dead and gone were thrown in, the lions did not wait for them to hit the ground. A ravenous bunch of wild animals.
We could go on Paul a tormentor and jailer of the faithful, he saw The LORD and was asked why he plotted against believers:
“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. ”
The disciples were each doing their jobs, yet as they were called they followed Jesus! The fishers became fishers of men. Named as such becamesaint Peter became The rock on which the church is built!
In a discourse about John the Baptist, Jesus honored the prophet with these words: “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist” Matthew 11:11a. John certainly did not see himself as “great”—he did not see himself as worthy enough to baptize Jesus Matthew 3:13–14 or even to carry His sandals Matthew 3:11.
For a reason we are chosen. Many times we may wonder, but chosen is what and where you are! Think about this, The Word did not have to hit you the way it did! You hear the same thing others hear, why did it affect and effect you in that way?
We can get lost in this, but at this point, let us look at the “How you should live” chapter:
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…”
So, as we called it- The how you should live, sharing.